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Kiwis to play final Olympic friendly

19 July 2012

Tim Payne will hope to stake a claim for an Olympic starting berth when New Zealand take on the United Arab Emirates in a warm-up friendly this evening.

The Rovers striker is part of the Kiwi’s Under-23 squad for the London 2012 Games, which get underway next week.

Tim was a second-half substitute as the ‘Oly Whites’ lost 2-1 to Korea Republic in Seoul on Saturday.

The 18-year-old will be looking to get further game time when they take on the UAE in Austria tonight.

New Zealand have been placed in Group C alongside Brazil, Egypt and Belarus, who they start their tournament against next Friday.

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