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Pay parity achieved as NZ players association head says the time for excuses are over

The excuses for some of New Zealand’s best soccer players are over.

Andrew Scott Howman, general counsel for New Zealand Professional Footballers’ Association (NZPFA), told Tom Elliott the newly-signed pay deal means that pay parity has been achieved and there is “no reason” why the Football Ferns – New Zealand’s women’s national team – can’t perform to the best of their ability.

“The quality of your travel and the quality of your experience when you travel halfway across the world actually has a major affect on your ability to perform at the top level,” Howman said on 3AW Drive.

“You don’t want as a coach is players coming up with excuse for why they didn’t play well.

“Our men get a daily rate when they play football for their country and now our women will get the same pay.”

Click PLAY below for Tom Elliott’s full chat with Andrew Scott Howman