15 Nov 2009

Herbert always had faith All Whites could qualify again

5:20 am on 15 November 2009

New Zealand football coach Ricki Herbert says he always had faith his side could qualify for next year's world cup in South Africa.

The All Whites beat Bahrain one nil in Wellington last night in their final world cup qualifier to earn New Zealand a place at the tournament for just the second time.

Rory Fallon scored on the stroke of halftime, while goalkeeper Mark Paston saved a penalty in the second half to keep the All Whites lead intact.