Fifa World Cup technical role for Ricki Herbert
Ricki Herbert is off to Brazil after all.
The former All Whites coach had his dreams of qualifying for back-to-back World Cups shattered last November in the 9-3 aggregate loss to Mexico.
But Herbert, who fell on his sword before the 4-2 second leg defeat in Wellington, will instead attend the June-July World Cup in Brazil in a technical capacity for the sport's world governing body Fifa.
Herbert, who has been focusing on growing his football academy, could not be reached for comment.
But New Zealand Football high performance director Fred de Jong confirmed Herbert's appointment.
"The technical panel view the games and then do an analysis of every game and the way that teams are playing," de Jong said.
"And I believe they have input into picking the team of the tournament.
"Any opportunity that Kiwis can get into committees or panels at that level, is a good thing for football in New Zealand. So it's a good role for Rick. I'm really pleased that he's managed to get himself on that committee, it's good recognition for him."
Herbert has been involved in both of New Zealand's World Cup appearances; in 1982 as a player and in 2010 as a coach, where he helped New Zealand to surprise draws against Slovakia, Italy and Paraguay.
The Dominion Post