“An effort was made to keep the group active”

Carolina Mendes is among the group of players already training in New Zealand, despite the team being unable to train these days due to bad weather.

International soccer player Carolina Mendes said she knew Portugal’s national team’s intercontinental play-off to qualify for the 2023 Mundial was “all or nothing”.

“All teams dream of a place in the World Cup. To be here to fight for this place is already a great achievement, but we want more and we are ready to have more”, believes the 35-year-old striker, in statements he reproduces. by the Portuguese Football Federation.

Portugal are looking to reach a soccer World Cup for the first time in the February 22 match in Hamilton, New Zealand, at 19:30 local time (06:30 Lisbon), where they will face the winner of the Cameroon-Thailand clash , which will be contested on Saturday.

The corner team is looking to secure one of the last three spots in the finals of the World Cup, which will be held in Australia and New Zealand from July 20 to August 20, 2023.

Carolina Mendes is among the group of players already training in New Zealand, despite the squad being unable to train at the Gower Park Training Center in Hamilton these days due to bad weather.

“These are uncharacteristic weather conditions, we didn’t expect it. But an effort has been made for the team to remain as active as possible as we cannot leave the hotel. We remain active and the focus and motivation is always there. We know that very well for which we came and we know that our goal is only one: to arrive on February 22 in the best possible condition to win the game and be present at the World Cup,” he added.

Training continues to be canceled and the same is expected on Tuesday, with the pre-season friendly against New Zealand remaining on the agenda at FMG Stadium Waikato, scheduled for late Friday afternoon (07:00 Lisbon . ).

The bad weather, due to the passage of Cyclone Gabrielle, has also affected flights and coach Francisco Neto is still waiting for the arrivals of Tatiana Pinto, Fátima Pinto, Inês Pereira, Joana Marchão and Andreia Jacinto, whose flights have been postponed.

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