8 Sep 2008

All Whites campaign positive

6:45 am on 8 September 2008

The All Whites coach says with a World Cup spot just two wins away the intensity of New Zealand's campaign to qualify for FIFA's elite spectacle in South Africa in two years time has increased dramatically.

Last saturday's 3-1 win against New Caledonia in Noumea has set Ricki Herbert's side on course for a two game playoff against the fifth ranked side from Asia's qualifying group next year.

Herbert says the chance to make the World Cup for the first time in 28 years has galvanised the New Zealand campaign.

The All Whites will play a return match against New Caledonia this Wednesday in Auckland