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New Zealand assistant coach Brian Turner is confident captain Ryan Nelsen will be fit for the crucial first leg of their World Cup qualifying playoff against Bahrain on Saturday.
New Zealand have chosen a 19-man squad, captained by Blackburn Rovers defender Ryan Nelsen, for next month's first leg of their World Cup play-off against Bahrain.
New Zealand soccer authorities have slashed ticket prices for the crucial World Cup qualifier in November in a bid to draw a full house at the Wellington stadium despite the economic downturn.
Wellington's Westpac Stadium has been selected as the host venue for New Zealand's World Cup playoff against Saudi Arabia or Bahrain, New Zealand Football (NZF) announced on Friday.
Four years of planning will come down to just 180 minutes of soccer for New Zealand's national team later this year as they seek to become the second All Whites side to make the World Cup finals.
The Confederations Cup will provide New Zealand with ideal preparation for their crucial World Cup qualifying playoff later in the year, according to coach Ricki Herbert.
Fiji scored a consolation 2-0 win over a 10-man New Zealand on Wednesday in the final match of the Oceania qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup.
Blackburn midfielder Vince Grella has been ruled out of Australia's World Cup qualifier against Uzbekistan on Wednesday due to injury.
New Zealand sealed the top spot in the Oceania World Cup qualifying competition with a 3-1 win over New Caledonia in Noumea on Saturday.