Club to host men’s national league double header

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Cambridge FC’s John Kerkhof Park will again host men’s national league football when Wanderers meet former champions Auckland City in mid-November.

Spectators will see some of the country’s leading players – including full internationals – in a double header between the clubs on Saturday November 16, 2019.

The clubs’ youth teams will play at 11am followed by the ISPS Handa Premiership game at 2pm.

The next day, Cambridge will host WaiBOP v Central in the National Women’s League (2pm).

This year will be the first that John Kerkhof Park has hosted matches in all three national competitions.

Hamilton Wanderers asked Cambridge FC to host the match after the successful staging of their youth/men’s double header last November when eventual champions Eastern Suburbs played at John Kerkhof Park (click here for details).

The double header between Wanderers and Auckland City gives spectators the chance to see players such as:

  • Cambridge’s own Josh Clarkin and Jack Portegys who are expected to play their summer football for Wanderers in the National Youth League, as they did last year before returning to the Reds for the Lotto NRFL season.
  • Wanderers’ striker Tommy Semmy, a Papua New Guinea international who recently trialled with the Wellington Phoenix.
  • Auckland City’s Myer Bevan, an All Whites striker who scored twice for the New Zealand U-23s against the Solomon Islands in late September.
  • Former Wellington Phoenix midfielder Albert Riera who has returned to Auckland City after three seasons in the Hyundai A-League.
  • Midfielder Mario Ilich who has rejoined Auckland City after OFC Champions League success with Team Wellington.
  • Spanish defender Angel Berlanga, a veteran of Auckland City’s third placing at the FIFA Club World Cup in 2014.
  • Papua New Guinea international David Browne, Vanuatu international Brian Kaltak and Iraq U-23 international Yousif Ali, all of whom play for Auckland City.
  • Goalkeeper Enaut Zubikarai Goni who played for Real Sociedad in La Liga and in the UEFA Champions League before joining Auckland City.

Wanderers will be coached by former All Whites and Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert, who is also Cambridge FC’s Technical Director and oversees our club’s coaching development programme.

Auckland City are coached by José Figueira, who has achieved success with Team Wellington and has been an assistant coach to the All Whites. His assistant at Auckland City is veteran All White defender Ivan Vicelich (seen in the main photo signing autographs during his last visit to John Kerkhof Park).

The November 16 match will be the 12th men’s national league fixture to be hosted at John Kerkhof Park.

Cambridge was the home ground and training base for former ASB Premiership side WaiBOP United in the 2014 and 2015-16 seasons.

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