There were a lot of stunning results in the first round of the Chatham Cup took place around New Zealand this weekend.
In the Northern Region, Bucklands Beach caused a major upset in knocking out Lotto NRFL opposition Onehunga Mangere United 3-1 with Liam Thompson bagging a hat-trick. The defeat is the fourth defeat this season for Onehunga Mangere but it was their first against non-league opposition.
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The FIFA World Cup qualifiers are scheduled to begin on May of 2016 and even though the New Zealand national football team has been struggling in the past few years to secure victories at a consistent level, the head coach, Anthony Hudson is certain that his team will be ready to compete against their opponents when the time arrives.
Nigel De Jong turned up from the AC Milan side to talk to the reporters ahead of the home match versus Hellas Verona, but, he remained tight lipped on the rumours that he was willing for a transfer after being benched for most parts of ongoing season and was in touch with some English clubs.
When asked about the rumours, the veteran playmaker said, “I am present over here for answering the questions related to the upcoming match and I think I should stick to that only. I would not like to discuss other things.”
New Zealand manager Anthony Hudson has come up with a team without a couple of high-profile names for the Pacific Games tournament.
The New Zealand national football side has experienced a positive change in the latest change of the FIFA world rankings as they climbed 2 spots meanwhile Australia suffered a drop of 2 positions.
Ever since Anthony Hudson took charge of the New Zealand national side in August of 2014, a number of changes have been made within the coaching department of the team as well as the way in which the players perform for their country.
Andrew Hudson, the man who has been given the charge of the New Zealand national Football team just recently, has really liked the way he has been provided all the support in the country and he is very serious about guiding the All Whites to the finals of the next FIFA World Cup which is 3 and half years away.
Hudson has been a part of the coaching staff of a Premier League team in the past i.e. Tottenham Hotspur.
He has worked as head coach as well at Bahrain.
So, it’s not that he is new to this coaching work.
Anthony Hudson wants the New Zealand team to implement a different playing style during his tenure.
Hudson who is only in his early thirties at the moment took the charge of the All Whites three months back when Rickie Herbert resigned.
He was not an expected choice for the post, but, probably because of his good work with the Bahrain side, he was given the job.
Anthony Hudson’s first match in charge of the New Zealand national football team ended in a 3-1 defeat after playing against Uzbekistan. Hudson was selected as the new head coach of the New Zealand national squad on August and so far he has only been in charge of 1 match for his new team.
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