New Zealand Football Chief Executive Andy Martin Steps down

New Zealand Football’s chief executive Andy Martin has decided to call it a time in order to focus more on family life. The 51-year-old says that he is retiring at the end of the month and will be leaving the role as the Chief Executive. He has come under a lot of controversy over the last four years and it primarily has to do with his handling of the criticism surroundingcoach Andreas Heraf. New Zealand football has been in the decline for the last couple of years and it is a surprise considering that the team created history back in 2010 by reaching the finals in South Africa.

Heraf came up with the controversial comment after the 1-0 defeat for New Zealand against Japan back on June 10. After the defeat,Heraf claimed that there were no issues in the New Zealand camp but there have been several reports that all is not well within the camp since March. However, Martin tried to dismiss most of the issues surrounding the comments made byHeraf. It appears that Martin has set his sights upon leaving his role when the path was rosy, as a review has just been called upon. Heraf was subjected to complaints from as many as 13 players back in June 18.

CAFU NAMES HIS ALL-TIME BRAZIL SQUAD

Former Brazil international Cafu has selected his all-time pick at the national level. He admitted that it was a tough one and some players would be left out as there was a limit. He started with the notion of keeping possession so he went with Paulo Roberto Falcao, Zico and Rivellino in the heart of his all-time Brazil XI.

In the choice of goalkeepers, despite the lot that the South American side has used over the years, he opted for Claudio Taffarel. Cafu explained that it was because of the “calm, smooth and peaceful” nature. The fact that the keeper played in three World Cups also helped.