Congratulations to four of our former academy players

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Congratulations to four former Ricki Herbert Football Academy players for their on-field achievements for their club and country.

Three graduates of the RHFA are currently members of the All Whites squad in Qatar, seeking to qualify for the FIFA World Cup finals in November.

They are Liberato Cacace, Elijah Just and Dalton Wilkins.

Libby Cacace scored the winning goal against Tahiti to help New Zealand to their 1-0 semi-final win, while Just also started in the All Whites line-up.

It was Cacace’s first goal for New Zealand (see main photo).

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Meanwhile, 17-year-old Mirko Brinkmann made his senior debut in the Lotto NRFL first division on Saturday March 26.

He scored for Tauranga City 14 minutes into the game, helping his side beat newly-promoted Onehunga Mangere United 2-1.

The young forward attended national camps with the RHFA and when he was 12, he was selected to spend three weeks with the academy of English club Fulham.

Herbert: ‘We all feel a sense of pride’

RHFA founder Ricki Herbert said he was thrilled to see the progress of these young players.

‘I’m sure all of us feel a sense of pride when players start to fulfil their potential. It encourages all those young players who follow in their footsteps,” he says.