June 4, 2009
AUCKLAND – An early Shane Smeltz penalty wasn’t enough for the All Whites on the start on their pre-Confederations Cup warm-up tour, losing 1-2 to Tanzania in Dar es Salaam on Thursday morning (NZT).
Smeltz converted a 10th minute penalty – his 11th goal in nine starts – to give New Zealand a 1-0 lead they held to half time, but the Taifa Stars equalised ten minutes after the break and grabbed an 89th winner to deny the All Whites a first win on African soil.
New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert handed 17-year-old striker Chris Wood his first international cap, while Tim Brown and Tony Lochhead had both sufficiently recovered from stomach bugs to take their place in the starting line-up for the first of three friendlies before the FIFA Confederations Cup begins.
Full reaction from Dar es Salaam to follow.
New Zealand 1(Shane Smeltz 10-pen) Tanzania 2 (Halftime 1-0)National Stadium, Dar es SalaamWednesday 3 June
New Zealand starting line-up: 1-Mark PASTON (GK), 3-Tony LOCHHEAD, 6-Ivan VICELICH, 8-Tim BROWN (Captain), 9-Shane SMELTZ, 11-Leo BERTOS, 14-Jeremy CHRISTIE, 15-Jeremy BROCKIE, 17-David MULLIGAN, 19-Steven OLD, 20-Chris WOOD.Substitutes: 2-Aaron SCOTT, 4-Duncan OUGHTON, 5-Ben SIGMUND, 7-Simon ELLIOTT, 10-Chris KILLEN, 12-Glen MOSS (RGK), 13-Andy BARRON, 16-Chris JAMES, 18-Andrew BOYENS, 21-Kris BRIGHT, 22-Jarrod SMITH, 23-James BANNATYNE (RGK).Coach: Ricki Herbert