Phoenix to play pre-season tournament in India

Last updated 14:02 07/08/2012
Ricki Herbert
Getty Images
ON TOUR: Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert intends to use a tour of India to broaden the team's talent base.

Relevant offers

Football

Winston Reid says axed boss Sam Allardyce had the backing of his West Ham players Liverpool insist under-pressure manager Brendan Rodgers' job is safe - for now West Ham ready to spend big in transfer window as Carlo Ancelotti rules out move Norwich City beat Middlesbrough for promotion to English Premier League 2014-15 English Premier League review Football fans angry after woman snatches star's shirt from child Didier Drogba may finish career alongside Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard in US Real Madrid sack coach Carlo Ancelotti after mediocre season Former All White Fred De Jong talks Fifa Under-20 Adios, Xavi Hernandez, and muchas gracias

The Wellington Phoenix's preseason buildup will include playing a tournament in India.

The Phoenix face five games in 14 days when they visit Australia and tour India.

They start the trip with a match against fellow A-League club Newcastle Jets in Weston, New South Wales on August 18.

They fly to Delhi the next day for a four-team tournament that kicks off against United Sikkim in Guwahati on August 24.

They will play a yet to be confirmed I-League team on August 26 in Impahl before meeting Shillong Lajong at Shillong's Nehru Stadium on August 30.

The tournament final or third-fourth playoff will complete the visit on September 1, again in Shillong.

Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert is delighted with what's in front of him and intends to use the trip to broaden his talent base.

"We have struggled for meaningful pre-season games at times in the past and this will give our players a real workout," Herbert said.

"Some of the boys from our school of excellence will be on the trip and it will be a great experience for them, as well as giving the coaching staff an opportunity to assess their progress against good teams in a challenging environment.

"With two under-21 spots still to be filled it also gives them a chance to put their hand up for a playing contract."

The Phoenix will complete their preseason programme against A-League newcomers Western Sydney Wanderers at Christchurch's AMI Stadium on September 23.

The A-League season opens for the Phoenix on October 6 against Sydney FC in Wellington.

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Burnley retain their EPL status?

Yes, they've found a winning formula

Maybe, but there’s a long way to go

No. They lack quality in certain areas

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content