Andreas Heraf takes over as Football Ferns coach

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New Zealand Football technical director Andreas Heraf will add the role of Football Ferns coach to his responsibilities.

The Austrian has been named to replace Tony Readings, who had stepped down in November after six years in charge.

Heraf, 50, will be tasked with guiding the New Zealand women's team to the 2019 World Cup in France, with national under-20 women's coach Gareth Turnbull as his assistant.

He sees his target as not just qualifying, but progressing to the last 16 of the tournament.

"I believe this team has the potential to perform well on the world stage," he said on Wednesday.

"We have seen the Ferns beat some of the best teams in the world in friendlies and the challenge for 2019 is to be able to do that at a pinnacle event."

Amber HEARN.
Belo Horizonte, Brazil - Saturday, August 6, 2016: The New Zealand national team take a 1-0 lead over Colombia in Group G play during the 2016 Olympics at Mineirão stadium.

Football Ferns player Amber Hearn in action against Colombia.

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After Readings' departure, he and Turnbull were the stand-in co-coaches on the Ferns' two-match tour of Thailand in late November, when a 0-0 draw was followed by a 5-0 win.

Heraf took over as NZF technical director in April and he came with an impressive record.

He was head of the 12 Austrian Football academies and was responsible for developing elite players at under-15 to under-18 levels.

From 2010, as coach, he helped Austrian age-group teams qualify five out of six times for European Championship and World Cup tournaments.

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