Monday, October 27, 2008

U-17 WWC Kicks Off: Kiwis vs. Canucks

The 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup kicks off tomorrow (Oct. 28) in Auckland as the host Kiwis take on Canada in Group A action. New Zealand is certainly a slight underdog, but the hosts will no doubt be looking for a crackling start to the tournament. In such a small nation (NZ has just over four million people) the U-17 FIFA Women's World Cup has gotten a decent amount of media coverage and surely the home fans in such a great sporting country as this will be vocally supporting their team.

Said New Zealand head coach Paul Temple:

"We're quietly confident. The first game always sets the tone for a tournament but it will be all the more important for us as hosts because there will inevitably be a lot of nerves and anticipation. New Zealand is known for loving winners, so if we win, it could really get people up for the tournament and kick us on to bigger and better things."

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