Kiwis happy with home advantage against Bahrain
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP)New Zealand expects home advantage to play a decisive role in its must-win qualifier against Bahrain on Saturday, helping it to reach the World Cup for the first time in 27 years. The magnitude of that advantage has become an issue in the week before the intercontinental playoff as Bahrain media suggested New Zealand might go as far as heavily watering the pitch before Saturday's match to make conditions less favorable to the visitors.
Squads: New Zealand (from): James Bannatyne, Mark Paston, Andrew Boyens , Tony Lochhead, David Mulligan, Ryan Nelsen (captain), Aaron Scott, Ben Sigmund, Ivan Vicelich, Andy Barron, Leo Bertos, Tim Brown, Simon Elliott, Michael McGlinchey, Rory Fallon, Chris Killen, Shane Smeltz, Chris Wood. Bahrain (from): Hussain Ali Baba, Mohamed Hussain Mohamed, Abbas Ahmed Ali, Abdulla Al Kaabi, Mohammed Ahmed Hubail, A Wahab Ali A Wahab, Hussain Salman Makki, Ahmed Hassan Taleb, Abdulla Ismaeel Omar, Mahmood A Rahman Mohamed, Abdulla Baba Fatadi, Mohammed Ahmed Salmeen, Sayed Mahmood Jalal, Sayed Mohamed Jaafar, Salman Essa, Sayed Mohamed Adnan, Ala'a Ahmed Hubail, Hussain Ali Ahmed, Ismaeel AbdulLatif Ismaeel, Fouzi Mubarak Aaish, Ebarahim Al Mushkhas, Jaycee John Akwani.