Yaounde, Cameroon Africa(Cameroon News) –
The Junior All Whites have geared up for the FIFA U 20 World Cup after finishing with draw at their final warm up game in California.
The Junior All Whites have finished with 1-1 draw with USL club Southern California in their final warm up game for the FIFA U20 World Cup in California on Sunday morning.
Midfielder Colin Murphy gained maximum advantage from an exciting left flank run from Ethan Galbraith after he took a pass from the target man just outside of the box taking New Zealand into a 59th minute lead.
Similar to what happened at the 2-1 defeat to Ventura County the Junior All Whites’ finishing was in no way advantageous to their finesse and Southern California gave them a fitting answer with an 89th minute goal to make the scores even.
The Junior All Whites came in to Colombia on Monday (NZT) and with New Zealand’s World Cup inaugural match against Cameroon to happen in less than a week’s time, coach Chris Milicich was thrilled with the way the American leg of the team worked out.
“It’s been invaluable preparation,” Milicich said.
“It’s been hot and the players have had to play in difficult conditions against difficult opposition. Today Southern California brought 23 players and rattled them on and off meaning we were always playing against 11 fresh players which was great.
“We started extremely well, and that’s a key to what we’re trying to do but allowed them to score in the 89th minute on a breakaway.
“We had numerous chances to wrap it up we just couldn’t put them away. It’s been a trend on tour that we are not converting the chances we create so our finishing is certainly something we will work on when we hit Colombia.
Milicich says his team might well make their way to the last leg of the tournament and that he has been giving form to his thoughts with that agenda in mind.
“I think we’re getting closer to knowing our starting eleven for Cameroon next Saturday. A couple of players in the second half put their hands up today and we’ll keep a close eye on them but we’re quickly getting to where we need to be.”
Look like the Junior Lions might be in for some stiff competition in their very first match. The Junior All Whites will take on Cameroon on Sunday 31 July (NZT) before having their second match Uruguay on Wednesday 3 August (NZT) and finishing off with one against Portugal on Saturday 6 August (NZT).