Fifth-place-playoff a chance to inspire our next All Whites

Black Yellow White and TADS Host Connor Clements believes it wouldn’t matter who New Zealand plays across the two-legged fifth-place-playoff in November – the crowds will still come.

The All Whites will face Peru as the confirmed fifth-placed team from South America’s qualifying.

New Zealand produced an efficient performance in the Oceania World Cup Qualifying final second leg in Honiara during September with a pair of scrappy goals earning them a 2-2 draw against the Solomon Islands.

That gave them an 8-3 aggregate win across the two legs after they won the first leg 6-1 in Auckland.

Co-hosting TADS with Aaron Dahmen, Clements said the country “will stop” when a team like Peru comes to our shores.

“This is an opportunity to inspire young kiwi footballers and make their dreams come true.”

“How many have always wanted to see superstars playing professionally throughout Europe in the flesh? A lot is the answer to that.”

Clements said New Zealand Football can expect to benefit from both local and international crowds.

“The footballing public can now watch their heroes across the field, and even better, it’s right in our backyard.”

Clements said if the All Whites were to pull off a remarkable victory against their South American opponents, it would mark a significant turning point for New Zealand Football.

“It is our time to return to the World Cup stage.”