Herbert expects All Whites to win Oceania Nations Cup

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Stuff.co.nz: While a lack of international fixtures is disappointing for All Whites coach Anthony Hudson, Ricki Herbert believes the team will win the Oceania Nations Cup.

The All Whites have not played since their 1-0 win over Oman in November, with New Zealand Football unable to find an appropriate fixture for the March international window.

It has left Hudson with a 10-day camp and three games against Queensland club sides as his only preparation for the Oceania event in Papua New Guinea, starting on May 29.

Hudson hit out at his employer in January about the lack of fixtures, but Herbert said it was something all New Zealand managers had to go through.

“From a competitive point of view I think it’s been difficult for Anthony, but it’s been difficult for all All Whites managers.

“In my eight and a half years coaching the team, we only played 60 games and nine of those were the lead up to, and competing in, the World Cup in 2010.

“You probably had four to five games in an average year and you’re playing in Oceania competitions every two or three years, so you don’t get a lot of time [with the squad].”

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