New Zealand Football have made the difficult decision to cancel their All Whites fixture against Belgium in Brussels that was due to be played on October 9 NZT due to player availability.

New Zealand Football CEO Andrew Pragnell said:

“We are incredibly disappointed to be in this position but from the outset our first priority was our players.

“As it currently stands we aren’t able to get enough of our team to the game and back to their respective countries without major disruptions to their domestic seasons.

“We knew when agreeing this fixture that the impact of COVID-19 was fluid but with a number of our squad unable to travel due to COVID restrictions, or having to go through significant quarantine on their return home, it became unfeasible. It would have taken them out of contention for their club sides and impacted on their long-term development as players and their careers.”

“We are continuing to monitor the situation around future games.”

Courtesy of New Zealand Football