NEW ZEALAND (77)

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPASTIMES -

WINNING the right to go to South Africa for the 2010 fi­nals has put foot­ball in the spot­light in New Zealand where rugby is the na­tional sport. It has been a long time com­ing – the All Whites have made the fi­nals only once be­fore and that was in Spain in 1982.

New Zealand cap­tain Ryan Nelsen is pin­ning his hopes on a kind draw that will give them games with some of the other lesser teams in the first round and the chance to play in the sec­ond.

"I want the weak­est teams pos­si­ble and hope­fully we can get through," Nel­son said bluntly.

No goals in three Con­fed Cup games ear­lier this year doesn’t prom­ise much but the Ki­wis are hope­ful of a good show­ing.

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