20 Jul 2010

Football fever in capital

9:06 am on 20 July 2010

Football fever is to return to Wellington this week, with a parade for the All Whites on Wednesday and a glamour South American football team in town to play the Phoenix on Friday.

The Boca Juniors team arrived in the Capital on Monday, for the second and final match of an Australasian tour.

The Argentine club team beat Melbourne Victory 1-0 at the weekend.

Phoenix assistant coach Luciano Trani has thanked Boca for making the effort to come.

He says the match will also give Phoenix players an opportunity to get match fitness under their belt.

Phoenix captain Andrew Durante says the players are not treating the game as just an exhibition match.

Boca coach Claudio Borghi says the squad he has brought to Wellington is a mix of youth and experience.

About 10,000 tickets have been sold so far for Friday's game.

Boca players will also take part in the parade for the All Whites.

Striker to play

Striker Marcelo Canete will be fit to play on Friday.

He scored the only goal in the win against Melbourne Victory, but a referee accidentally elbowed him in the face during the match.

Coach Borghi said through an interpreter that Canete's injury looked worse than it was.