Omitted defender ‘needs time to herself’, says Ferns coach Jitka Klimková

Football Ferns coach Jitka Klimková says defender Meikayla Moore still needs time for herself before being able to discuss the decision to omit her from New Zealand’s squad for the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

“I’ve texted her but she’s still not ready to speak in person,” Klimková told 1News.

“She’s staying with her family at the moment and this is what she needs — she needs to have the closest people next to her so she can figure out her next steps.”

Main photo: Football Ferns head coach Jitka Klimková.

Moore was the surprise omission from the 23-player squad named for the tournament but she was included as one of three players asked to train with the squad which is provisional until July 19 when final line-ups are registered with tournament organisers.

At her own request, Moore was advised of her non-selection by email, rather than hear the news directly from Klitková.

Moore has since withdrawn from the Ferns training group for “personal reasons” and will be replaced by Wellington Phoenix midfielder Grace Wisnewski.

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As the Ferns headed to Napier for Monday’s warm-up game against Vietnam, Klitková told 1News:

“At the moment, she (Moore) still needs a little bit more time for herself.

“I know it was disappointing news for her so I’m giving her time to debrief the last few weeks and months of her career.”

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