NZ prime minister: All Whites good enough to beat Paraguay

19:31, June 21, 2010      

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The All Whites are good enough to beat Paraguay and get through to the next round of the soccer World Cup, a proud New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said on Monday.

Mr Key was in South Africa to watch the All Whites play Italy during the World Cup group match and achieve a one-all draw.

"The All Whites showed all the courage and character we know they possess to score what is New Zealand's best result yet in world football," Mr Key said in a statement.

New Zealand has drawn 1-1 with Slovakia for their first-ever World Cup point last Tuesday and All Whites claimed their first point at a World Cup tournament.

"This team can beat Paraguay. They've got the guts and the ability to do that but football's a fickle sport," Key said.

Mr Key said it was "definitely possible" the All Whites could win their next match and get through the round and into the next stage of the tournament.

Source: Xinhua

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