22 Oct 2015

Sport: Guam keen to test themselves against top dogs

1:40 pm on 22 October 2015

Guam have challenged Oceania front-runners New Zealand to visit Micronesia as part of their Football World Cup qualifying preparations.

The All Whites announced a friendly against Oman in Muscat next month as part of their build-up to next year's Oceania Nations Cup.

All Whites captain Winston Reid.

All Whites captain Winston Reid. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Oman are ranked 102 in the world, 48 places above New Zealand, and currently lead their second round Asian World Cup Qualifying group.

Their unbeaten start includes a 1-1 draw at home to Iran and a goalless draw in Guam.

Guam are just two places below New Zealand in the FIFA rankings and poised to overtake their South Pacific neighbours when the list is updated in November.

Guam football coach Gary White speaks to his team.

Guam football coach Gary White speaks to his team. Photo: Guam Football Association

Matao head coach Gary White says Guam's result against Oman was their best performance in qualifying so far and they back themselves to give the All Whites a good match.

It will be interesting to see how New Zealand do [against Oman] and it will give us here in Guam an opportunity to do a comparison between New Zealand and Guam, which really there shouldn't be if you looked at the resources and player pool but that's where it is at the moment, and maybe New Zealand will come and play us, instead of going all the way over to Oman. Maybe we can give them just as much of a competitive match".