NZ misses fi­nal say

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

NEW Zealand were ejected from yesterday’s fi­nal of the Ocea­nia Olympic men’s qual­i­fy­ing soc­cer se­ries af­ter be­ing found to have fielded an in­el­i­gi­ble player dur­ing a semi- fi­nal against Van­u­atu.

The Ocea­nia Football Con­fed­er­a­tion dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee has up­held a protest lodged by the Van­u­atu Football Fed­er­a­tion which claimed South Africa- born de­fender Deklan Wynne was not el­i­gi­ble to play in the match.

Wynne rep­re­sented New Zealand at FIFA Un­der- 20 World Cup last month and has played at se­nior level af­ter be­com­ing a nat­u­ralised New Zealan­der.

But Wynne does not yet ap­pear to have met any of the cri­te­ria which would al­low him to rep­re­sent New Zealand.

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