Afghans determined despite tough schedule

2015 World Cup

Afghanistan coach Andy Moles will not use fatigue as an excuse if his team do not perform to their usual standards in their match against World Cup co-hosts New Zealand on Sunday.

The Afghans played Scotland in Dunedin on the 26 February, then had to travel to Perth to take on the other tournament co-hosts, Australia n Wednesday, now they back in New Zealand to take on the Black Caps.

In the last week they have spent around 10 000km in the air just doing traveling, but Moles says his side is determined to put on a good show. After their historic first World Cup win over Scotland, they came crashing back down with a World Cup record margin defeat to Australia.

Moles said: "It's not ideal. We were in Dunedin and it would have been much better and easier for us to come straight here then go to Perth.

"The thing about these Afghans is that they are very passionate and very proud – their history shows that. They will want to show everyone, they are in the shop window.

"They want to make sure we compete. It didn't happen in Australia, and we know we are in a very tough examination against New Zealand but as a group we are putting our best foot forward."