Soccer-NZ’s World Cup qualification harder – coach (Reuters)

By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Qualifying for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil will be much harder for New Zealand than four years ago because of the different path they face, All Whites coach Ricki Herbert told Reuters. The All Whites, who made the 2010 finals after a 1-0 aggregate victory over fifth-placed Asian side Bahrain, have sealed a November playoff against the fourth placed team in the North, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF) conference having wrapped up the Oceania qualifying spot in March. …

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