Des Buckingham, the under-20 coach of New Zealand is silent about the potential of taking over Mark Rudan in Wellington Phoenix. However, he has said that this is going to be signed for the club when it comes to maintaining a proper connection with New Zealand Football. The thirty-four-year-old English is the previous assistant coach of Phoenix and he stepped in as the head coach along with Chris Greenacre with the resignation of Merrick in the early half of the A-League season of 2016-17. Phoenix has a record of 7 loss 6 wins, and 6 draw during the 19 game tenure of Buckingham. However, he, as well as Greenacre had been forced to re-apply for the job and had missed on the Darije Kalezić as the proved to be flop appointment.
The New Zealand female national team is poised to clash with their Japanese counterparts in June, as per reports. The Ferns wants to test their abilities against the World No. 11 in a friendly ahead of their World Cup qualification bid set for later in the year. The one-off friendly game is expected to happen on June 10 in Wellington. The New Zealand side is ranked 20th in the World Football Ranking so they set out to prepare by facing strong sides.