7 Oct 2010

Honduras and Paraguay games not "friendlies" says Nelsen

12:56 pm on 7 October 2010

They're officially dubbed friendlies, but All Whites football captain Ryan Nelsen says make no mistake - the two internationals against fellow World Cup sides Honduras and Paraguay will be highly competitive.

Nelsen's back in New Zealand for the two matches with the All Whites playing Honduras at North Harbour stadium on Saturday and then Paraguay in Wellington on Tuesday.

Nelsen says football's governing body FIFA's labelling of the games as friendlies is a misnomer and the New Zealand public is misled by it as the term's not used in rugby.

He says New Zealanders now expect results from the All Whites, and he's spoken to a couple of the Paraguay players and the public and media expectation on them is also very high, after they reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup in South Africa, before being eliminated by eventual winners Spain.