All Whites to play DR Congo and Greece in upcoming international windows

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Two more international friendlies have been confirmed for the All Whites, with the addition of games to be played against the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Greece.

This means New Zealand will play four friendlies in the October and November international windows.

The All Whites will face DR Congo in Spain on Saturday October 14 (NZT). DR Congo are currently rated 69th in the FIFA men’s world rankings.

They will play Greece in Athens on Saturday November 18 (NZT). Greece are ranked 50th in the world.

The All Whites are 103rd in the FIFA world rankings.

The two new fixtures are in addition to matches already scheduled against Australia and the Republic of Ireland.

The All Whites will play the maximum number of international matches possible in 2023, with two fixtures in every FIFA window, excluding September when the OFC Men’s Olympic Qualifier was held.

“It is brilliant to announce these games and confirm our full list of fixtures for the rest of 2023,” head coach Darren Bazeley said.

“To continue to grow as a team, we need to consistently be testing ourselves against strong opponents on a regular basis and these games, along with the Australia and Republic of Ireland matches already announced, do exactly that.

“We have changed as a team and as an organisation, so playing in every possible FIFA window is the new standard, not just this year but going forward.

“With Olympic qualification confirmed last weekend, some great international friendlies already lined up, and FIFA World Cup qualification starting, 2024 is already looking really exciting, and I know the team can’t wait to get started.”


October window

Game to be played on Saturday October 14, 2023 (NZT)

New Zealand v DR Congo
Estadio Nueva Condomina, Murcia, Spain, 5am (NZT)

Game to be played on Wednesday October 18, 2023 (NZT)

New Zealand v Australia
Gtech Community Stadium, London, 7.45am (NZT)

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November window

Game to be played on Saturday November 18, 2023 (NZT)

Greece v New Zealand
Georgios Kamaras Stadium, Athens, Greece, 6am TBC (NZT)

Game to be played on Wednesday November 22, 2023 (NZT)

Ireland v New Zealand
Aviva Stadium, Dublin, 8.45am (NZT)

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