The Football Ferns are still searching for their first win of 2014 after a second half recovery by Switzerland earned a 2-1 victory over the New Zealand side at the Cyprus Cup on Saturday.
Balancing the often conflicting demands of short and long term goals in international sport is a tricky business, something Football Ferns’ captain Abby Erceg can certainly attest to at the moment.
Strikers who score twice against one of the world’s top nations in the cauldron of an away tie in front of a full stadium could be forgiven for being content, not All Whites forward Chris Wood.
A raucous stadium filled with almost 50,000 people cheering against you probably isn’t an experience a teenager from Te Puke can easily prepare for, but All White Ryan Thomas has showed he is a young man capable of dealing with any challenges thrown
After enduring such a rocky start to an international match, it’s not often you’ll talk to a captain with a generally positive outlook immediately afterwards but All Whites goalkeeper Glen Moss liked a lot of what he saw in Tokyo on Wednesday night.