New Zealand’s footballers were thrown out of their Olympic qualifying tournament Sunday for fielding an ineligible player just hours before they were due to contest the final. Vanuatu lodged a complaint about fullback Deklan Wynne after losing 2-0 to New Zealand in Friday’s semi-final at the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea, which serves as the Oceania men’s Olympic qualifying tournament. “A member of the New Zealand U-23 squad has been deemed ineligible to represent New Zealand,” the Oceania Football Confederation Disciplinary Committee said in a statement. “The Committee has declared that New Zealand has forfeited the match against Vanuatu… and therefore Vanuatu proceed to the final match of the OFC Olympic Qualifying Tournament against Fiji.” New Zealand Football (NZF) confirmed the 20-year-old Wynne was the target of the protest but gave no details. “We strongly refute the ruling regarding the ineligibility of the player in question and we will be challenging this decision,” NZF chief executive Andy Martin said. […]
Day 14 saw yet another major upset in the World Cup, as Slovakia put on an inspired performance to derail defending champions Italy's progress in the tournament. It also witnessed a belligerent attacking display by Japan against a hapless Danish side, which marked the first occasion for the Asian team to proceed to the round of sixteen on foreign soil. The highlights of the day are summarized here.
New Zealand showcased off one of the most memorable underdog performances in world cup against Italy. But was that just a one off result ? THT's Somnath Sengupta unravels a well thought out approach from the New Zealand coach - a man who is very much responsible for their brilliant show in the Group stages.
The tenth day of the FIFA World Cup 2010 promises us action from the two most successful nations in the history of the World Cup - Brazil and Italy, as they struggle with their demons in their current (and weakest) avatars.
The fifth day of the World Cup sees New Zealand take on first-timers Slovakia in the opening game. Then there's the biggest match in The Group of Death featuring Drogba's Ivory Coast and Ronaldo's Portugal; finally one of the major title contenders Brazil take on minnows North Korea in the last match of the day.
Close battles to look forward to on Day 3 as Algeria and Slovenia look to take advantage of the draw between England and USA. In Group D, Serbia and Ghana play a potentially do-or-die game, while Germany kick-off against Australia! Here is a look at Day 3...
Group F contains the defending world champions along with a consistent South American side, throw in some Eastern European flair & a rank outsider, and you have a colurful group full of possibilities. TheHardTackle's Somnath Sengupta explores the teams...