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Kiwis target the top prize at stake

Written By : MACIU MALO. The New Zealand soccer team leaves no stones unturned in their battle for supremacy at the Vodafone Oceania Futsal Championship which starts tomorrow at the
06 Jun 2008 12:00

image Written By : MACIU MALO. The New Zealand soccer team leaves no stones unturned in their battle for supremacy at the Vodafone Oceania Futsal Championship which starts tomorrow at the Vodafone Arena.
Goalkeeper and Kiwis youngest player Clayton John Chappell said his team stands a good chance of winning but would face stiff competition from other Pacific Island teams.
“We have a good chance in this competition but also we have Solomon Islands in our first game and they are good team also so hopefully we will do well against them.
“We will be also looking at exposure and to play better as a team but our main aim is to win the tournament,”Chappell said.
The Kiwis have been preparing for this tournament for the last three months and communication within the players is a key element in their campaign.
“Players have been around together and communication is a key part in this tournament, we have been training for about three months but we finally train together as team for three weeks and hopefully we will do our best to win the title.”
Another player Luke Filed who plays for the Auckland City is optimistic of their chances in this competition.
“The main purpose of our trip here is to win and I am confident we can achieve that.”
“We have been preparing for this competition for about three months and we only got together for the last two weeks and definitely we will give our best to win the tournament.”
As for the young goalkeeper Chappell apart from helping his team to win the tournament, personally he has also sets out goals to follow the footsteps of his idol and Manchester’s goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel.
“I was dreaming that one day I will represent my country in soccer and that day is now and I am proud of my achievements. I have been training hard everyday and I will try my best follow into the footsteps of my best soccer player in Schmeichel.”
The Kiwis will face the Solomon Islands in their first game on Sunday.



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