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Paraguay still keen to take on New Zealand in October

South American nation Paraguay are still keen to take on New Zealand in a friendly on October 12.

La Albirroja want to have a re-match of the Group F World Cup contest in Polokwane which ended in a 0-0 draw, sending them through to the Round of 16 and giving the All Whites an unbeaten record at the tournament.

New Zealand Football have not yet confirmed Paraguay's request as they are keen to set up a match against Australia before committing to anything else but the president of the Paraguayan Football Association, Juan Angel Napout, is keen for something to go ahead.

"As far as I am concerned, the match is on," Napout said. "The coach (Gerardo Martino) considers it very important to play these two matches in preparation for the Copa America next year.

"He was very enthusiastic about playing New Zealand again. The game against New Zealand was a particularly tough one for us during the World Cup.

"The travel is always difficult and that is why we wanted two dates. For example, in September we are playing Japan and China.

"To go to New Zealand or Australia for just one match is very complicated. The costs are immense because the players have to fly business class."

Andrew Slevison
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