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New Zealand Into FANCA Final

New Zealand Into FANCA Final
New Zealand Muslim football players and officials after their their win against defending champions Canada at Churchill Park, Lautoka on August 4, 2018.. Photo: Yogest Chandra
August 05
10:10 2018

The New Zealand Muslim team are on a high after qualifying for the final of the Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Cana­da, America FANCA Muslim Football tourna­ment at Churchill Park, Lautoka, yesterday.

In their final match New Zealand thrashed defending champions Canada 4-1.

Both teams started strongly and were leveled 1-1 at halftime.

But classy football by New Zealand in the second half saw them pull away with three brilliant goals.

New Zealand captain Fistun Aden said the first half did not really go as planned.

“We were playing against the defending champions who displayed some good foot­ball,” he said.

However Aden says, the second half was in their favour as they maintained possession and began to pressure the Canadian defence.

Reaching the final is not the end for the team and Aden is confident of taking the trophy back to New Zealand.

New Zealand assistant coach, Imraan Ali said that teamwork was a major factor driv­ing the side forward.

“Now our mission is to lift the trophy,” he added.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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