25 Mar 2013

Sport: New Caledonia seek improvement for must-win clash

11:30 am on 25 March 2013

New Caledonia coach Matthieu Delcroix says his team must do better in Monday's Oceania Under 20 football clash against New Zealand, or else their World Cup hopes will be over.

The territory lost 3-2 against host nation Fiji at the weekend in their only match of the Championship so far, while the Young All Whites have are equal top after wins over Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.

Matthieu Delcroix says his team will need to back their passing game against the strong New Zealand defence.

"I know that our players will be ready for this match and will give everything to do a good result and what we achieved is more than do a good performance to justify the good possession we do against Fiji, but the result not follow."

Cellar dwellars Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea will also meet on Monday, with both teams still chasing their first win.