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NZF signs Austrian for technical role

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/04/2017

New Zealand Football has named a former Austrian international as its new technical director.

Andreas Heraf, who played 11 matches for his country in the 1990s, will replace Rob Sherman who stepped down in December for personal reasons.

The 49-year-old has an impressive resume and NZF has described his signature as a coup.

He heads 12 Austrian football academies and is responsible for developing elite players at under 15, U16 and U18 levels. He also has responsibility for the education of the academy coaches.

Heraf is not in the role for a fixed term - it is a permanent full-time role, NZF confirmed.

Since 2010, he has helped age-group teams qualify five out of six times for UEFA European Championship finals and FIFA World Cups - the best result being the U19s making the semis of the UEFA Championships in Hungary in 2014.

Heraf coached Austria during the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand in 2015 and after visiting three times in the past two years says he has fallen in love with the country.

"I want to continue along the course set by NZF, bring in my experience and knowledge and be a role model with respect to enthusiasm, passion, joy and love for the game," he said.

Heraf will begin his role in late August.

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