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Late Surprise Additions To Newcastle’s New Zealand Trip

6 years ago
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With news in recent days of disappointment from fans in New Zealand as to the number of star names missing from the travelling Newcastle United party, there has been some late positives.

Local press in New Zealand have announced that there have been two late additions to United’s squad, with new signing Emmanuel Riviere and more surprisingly, Cheick Tiote, who was expected to miss due to his World Cup involvement. They are reporting that the two of them have replaced Olivier Kemen and Adam Campbell.

Wellington Phoenix General Manager David Dome;

“We have been extremely comfortable from day one that West Ham were bringing a full strength team and that is exactly what they’re bringing.”

“Tim Krul wanted to have some time off, Mathieu Debuchy has gone to Arsenal, Cheick Tiote didn’t make it past the pool round, so it was just a case of looking at each player individually. Krul will stay at home but Tiote wanted to come.

“Newcastle have confirmed they are going to have a very strong team including Fabricio Coloccini, their Argentinian captain, Cheick Tiote, Yoan Gouffran, Steven Taylor and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who’s played senior internationals for France.

“They are also going to bring out their new co-vice-captain, Siem de Jong, who was Ajax captain last year. So it is going to be a really good, strong team and a good mix of hardened first-team professionals and a few of these young, exciting players that they’ve just recently signed.”

Dome also added that nearly 9,000 tickets had been sold for Newcastle’s match with Sydney FC next Tuesday (22 July), with a crowd expected on the day of between 10,000 and 15,000.

.The double header the following Saturday (26 July) sees David Dome expecting a sell-out of 32,000, with over 27,000 tickets said to be sold so far.

The games are also on local Sky Arena pay to view and David Dome said ‘thousands’ of packages had been pre-purchased and that the people at Sky had told him most sales usually took place on the actual day matches were due to be played.

The press reports in New Zealand also contained comments stating organisers hoped new signings Remy Cabella and Enner Valencia may follow their respective squads out in the next few days, though that seems a little on the optimistic side.

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