Beaten by Mali

Manawatu Standard - - Sport -

New Zealand bowed out of the un­der-17 World Cup af­ter a 3-1 loss to African cham­pi­ons Mali yes­ter­day, but coach Danny Hay is ex­tremely proud of his play­ers’ ef­forts and feels there are many pos­i­tives to re­flect on from the cam­paign. Af­ter a 1-all draw with Turkey and 4-2 loss to Paraguay in their first two matches, noth­ing less than a win would do but that was al­ways go­ing to be eas­ier said than done against a side of Mali’s stand­ing.

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