Oly-Whites' Neil Emblen studies up on Egypt

Ryan Nelsen is determined the meticulous scouting undertaken by Oly-Whites football coach Neil Emblen will pay dividends in tomorrow 's crunch men's Olympic match against Egypt at Old Trafford.

Nelsen was hugely impressed by the amount of research Emblen had done on Belarus ahead of their opener last Friday, but the work was in vain as New Zealand fell to a 1-0 loss in Coventry.

They must beat Egypt, 3-2 losers to Brazil in their first match, at Manchester United's famous ground and hope Brazil hammer Belarus to retain hope of reaching the quarterfinals in the 16-team competition. New Zealand face Brazil in Newcastle on Thursday.

"The coaching staff did a really good job of assessing the opposition and Neil got it spot on, I think we exploited their weaknesses,'' Nelsen said of the Belarus match.

"He'll have us ready to play against Egypt and hopefully we can exploit their weaknesses as well."

Emblen, who has spent the past two days studying DVDs of Egypt, believed he could formulate a gameplan to hurt the technically gifted north Africans, mainly by keeping the ball from them.

He was sweating on the fitness of No 1 goalkeeper Jake Gleeson, who missed the Belarus match.

Sunday Star Times