Soccer-Klimkova to evaluate NZ’s efficiency after defeats in pre-World Cup friendlies


(Reuters) -New Zealand head coach Jitka Klimkova will evaluate the workforce’s efficiency and mirror on her choices to raised put together for the Ladies’s World Cup after the workforce misplaced all three friendlies this month, she stated on Friday.

New Zealand, who will co-host the World Cup with neighbours Australia from July 20 to Aug. 20, suffered a 5-0 hammering by Portugal final week earlier than dropping 2-0 and 1-0 to Argentina this week.

The defeats prolonged New Zealand’s winless run to eight video games, with the workforce final profitable towards the Philippines in a pleasant in September 2022. They’ve additionally not scored of their final 5 video games.

“I actually will evaluate the whole lot. I’ll mirror on our choices. I’ll mirror on what has occurred and sit up for the following tour,” Klimkova instructed reporters.

“After we had been speaking about what we have to do throughout these 5 months, we have to now use every single day for our preparation. It isn’t simply concerning the excursions, it isn’t about being at good golf equipment and taking part in video games within the golf equipment.

“Now we have to do rather more and it is loads of work that we have to add to what we have now carried out prior as a result of as you possibly can see, the outcomes did not go our method.”

Striker Hannah Wilkinson stated their efficiency was not “ok”.

“When you’re at house, it hurts that rather more since you wish to be higher to your house nation and to point out what we are able to do with soccer on this nation,” Wilkinson stated.

“It is an enormous get up name. Now we have to raise it in so many areas and I actually hope this has shocked individuals and we push ourselves and be higher.”

New Zealand are in Group A on the World Cup with Norway, the Philippines and Switzerland.

The Soccer Ferns have performed on the World Cup 5 instances, having by no means superior past the group stage.

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Kim Coghill and Himani Sarkar)