The home-soil debut of the Wellington Phoenix women’s team will have at least one high-profile supporter watching from afar — All Blacks coach Ian Foster.
He’ll be watching the Phoenix women’s A-League game against Melbourne City on a screen in London, hours after his All Blacks have played England at Twickenham.
And if his daughter Michaela (23) gets on the pitch at Wellington’s Sky Stadium, he’s under strict instructions to put on the Phoenix shirt she’s sent to him.
Main photo: All Blacks coach Ian Foster with his Phoenix shirt.
“She’s chasing her dreams, she’s shown a lot of ambition to make it in soccer and this is just another step for her,” Ian Foster told 1News.
“She’s really cut this path by herself, she’s done really well and my job as a dad is just to be like every other kid’s dad and support her and love her on the journey.”
Michaela Foster, an age group international for New Zealand, was signed by the Phoenix in pre-season, giving the Hamilton-born player her first professional contract.
Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne City
Sky Stadium, Wellington, 3pm (NZT)
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