nzfooty wrote:njs wrote:I've thought NZ needs to go that way for ages....
Yes, that would make perfect sense. I suggested we should also try to join in the Asian Nations Cup fun but not everyone agrees with that one.It is nice in concept to say that we will get more, meaningful matches by playing in Asia, and it is true, but the reality is that we would usually be playing a second string XI in those games. Australia has found that they cant get their overseas based players released for many Asian Cup qualifiers and they have struggled. Their player depth is far greater than ours. I think we would find ourselves n the same position. That would result in us struggling to qualify i think.
I think NZ taking part in the Asian Nations Cup would be great for them. South America and North America often invite guests to their competitions.
I think it's a lot more doable politically than some of the other ideas.
I do think NZ would fail to qualify because they are a completely different and much worse team without Winston Reid. Once they have a decent coach (I know he got some great results but I don't rate Herbert) you will probably say the same about Rojas.
Even if they don't make it that is still 6 good games (Australia have found them tough). On top of that if NZ got it's act together and continuously qualified for the U20 World Cup, Confederations cup and the Olympics that's a pretty full on international program.