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Unhappy Pereira unavailable for NZ

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/05/2017
Jasmine Pereira. © ddp USA/REX/Shutterstock/Rex Images Jasmine Pereira.

Striker Jasmine Pereira is the latest player to make herself unavailable for the Football Ferns for financial reasons.

The 20-year-old Aucklander, who has played 24 internationals, says representing New Zealand has caused her stress and hardship.

Her decision to pull out comes two months after long-serving skipper Abby Erceg took a stand by stepping down, frustrated by a perceived lack of support from New Zealand Football.

Pereira, who played last year's Rio Olympics, told Trackside Radio that while she was proud to represent New Zealand she felt like her life had been put on hold.

"Playing internationally and training like a professional athlete then not having the support money-wise really made it hard," she said.

"I got to a point where I was struggling too much and I felt life was far too short to feel so unhappy about that kind of stuff. I just felt it was my time to do something else and something that made me happy."

NZF announced an invitation-only Football Ferns development programme in March, catering for 25 New Zealand-based amateur players.

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