Olivia Chance to captain Ferns as coach Klimková makes five changes to line-up

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Head coach Jitka Klimková has made five changes to her starting team for Monday’s friendly international between the Football Ferns and Argentina, and has named Olivia Chance as captain.

Missing from the starting line-up from the side beaten 5-0 by Portugal on Friday are captain Ali Riley, CJ Bott, Kate Taylor, Claudia Bunge and Malia Steinmetz.

Riley was carrying an injury at training over the weekend, while defenders Taylor and Bunge and midfielder Steinmetz drop to the bench for the game at FMG Stadium Waikato.

Bott is not named in the matchday squad.

NZ Football said via its Twitter feed: “CJ Bott, Ali Riley and Indiah-Paige Riley miss out with minor injuries.”

Chance, who is from the Waikato, gets the opportunity to lead her country in her home town.

Meanwhile, Argentina will be led out by captain and goalkeeper Vanina Correa (39), the veteran of the side who did not play in Friday’s 4-0 win against Chile.


Game to be played on Monday February 20, 2023

New Zealand v Argentina
FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton, 7pm (NZT)

How to watch

Prime (free-to-air), Sky Sport 2, Sky Sport 7.

The Argentine changing room at FMG Stadium Waikato … ready to play! Photo credit: Argentina FA.

Starting line-ups

New Zealand


1 — Erin Nayler (82/0) (IFK Norrköping, Sweden)

5 — Meikayla Moore (61/4) (Glasgow City, Scotland)

8 — Daisy Cleverley (28/2) (HB Køge, Denmark)

9 — Gabi Rennie (21/2) (Arizona State University, United States)

10 — Grace Jale (13/2) (Canberra United, Australia)

11 — Olivia Chance (41/2) (Celtic, Scotland)

12 — Betsy Hassett (139/13) (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)

14 — Katie Bowen (88/3) (Melbourne City, Australia)

16 — Grace Neville (1/0) (London City Lionesses, England)

17 — Hannah Wilkinson (109/27) (Melbourne City, Australia)

19 — Liz Anton (17/0) (Perth Glory, Australia)


2 — Kate Taylor (7/0) (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)

3 — Claudia Bunge (17/0) (Melbourne Victory, Australia)

6 — Malia Steinmetz (14/0) (Western Sydney Wanderers, Australia)

13 — Michaela Foster (0/0) (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)

15 — Paige Satchell (38/2) (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)

18 — Mackenzie Barry (5/0) (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)

21 — Brianna Edwards (0/0) (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)

22 — Ava Collins (9/0) (St John’s University, United States)

23 — Murphy Sheaff (0/0) (Jacksonville University, United States)

Coaching staff

Head coach: Jitka Klimková


1 — Vanina Correa (GK)

4 — Julieta Cruz

6 — Aldana Cornetti

7 — Romina Nuñez

8 — Falfan Daiana

9 — Paulina Gramaglia

11 — Yamila Rodriguez

14 — Miriam Mayorga

15 — Maria Bonsegundo

16 — Lorena Benitez

19 — Mariana Larroquette


23 — Laurina Oliveros (GK)

2 — Chiara Singarella

3 — Eliana Stabile

5 — Vanessa Santana

17 — Maricel Pereyra

18 — Gabriela Chavez

20 — Marianela Szymanowsk

21 — Érica Lonigro

22 — Estefania Banini

Coaching staff

Head coach: Germán Portanova

Match officials

Referee: Lara Lee (Queesland, Australia)

Assistant referee 1: Michelle O’Neill (Republic of Ireland)

Assistant referee 2: Franca Overtoom (Holland)

Fourth official: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)

VAR: Carole Anne Chenard (Canada)

Assistant VAR: Muhammad Bin Jahari (Singapore)

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