Durante closer to meeting All Whites criteria

SAM WORTHINGTON
Last updated 05:00 01/03/2013
Andrew Durante
CHRIS SKELTON/Fairfax NZ
ANDREW DURANTE: We've just come to the conclusion that it doesn't always have to be pretty. If it needs to go long when we're under pressure - it goes."

Relevant offers

Football

Adam Mitchell living his dream after joining Serbian club Red Star Belgrade Unlucky Marco Reus left out of Germany Euro 2016 squad Marcus Rashford, Daniel Sturridge make England Euro 2016 squad UEFA looks at Champions League changes to appease big clubs All Whites cruise past Vanuatu to all but book Oceania Nations Cup semifinal berth Winner of NZ Premier League rights doesn't have an NZ station All Whites defender Themi Tzimopolous showing his appreciation by playing for New Zealand Stars return leaving All Whites coach with tough decision ahead of Vanuatu match Kidnapped Mexican football player Alan Pulido fights his way to freedom New Zealand's major codes pull together to stamp out racism and homophobia

Ricki Herbert and Andrew Durante could be reunited with the All Whites this month as the Wellington Phoenix captain edges closer to New Zealand citizenship.

Durante, an Australian, has lived in Wellington since 2008 and wants to play for the All Whites.

New Zealand Football high performance manager Fred de Jong said Durante's citizenship had been approved and it was a matter of obtaining the official document at a ceremony, "which should happen within a week".

NZF would then send the paperwork to Fifa and await the green light on Durante's availability.

Herbert, who departed as Phoenix coach on Monday, is expected to name an All Whites squad next week for World Cup qualifiers against New Caledonia on March 22 and Solomon Islands on March 26.

De Jong said it was possible Durante would be named with an asterisk beside his name.

NZF chief executive Grant McKavanagh said he had spoken to Herbert since his resignation and the coach remained "fired up" about his All Whites duties.

"He seemed fine from my point of view," McKavanagh said.

"We didn't really get too much into the Nix conversation . . . but absolutely, he's fired up and it's a big year. The silver lining to this cloud for us is that Ricki will have a better chance to focus on the All Whites in such an important year."

Despite Herbert's wretched season with the Phoenix, McKavanagh said he had complete confidence in his abilities to guide the All Whites to another World Cup.

"Oh, absolutely, and that's the difference, I think, between coaching what I would call tournament play versus coaching league play. Rick knows what he needs to do to win games in these sort of situations and there's different styles of football which are played . . . I'm absolutely confident that Rick has the ability to get the team together and do the job."

He said Herbert would be able to spend more time tracking the form of New Zealand players and also scouting potential Concacaf opponents for the intercontinental playoff in November.

"We've got access to all the Concacaf playoff games so he'll have a good chance to study and review those games. I suppose it's really about having clear space to consider the strategy without other things going on."

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

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