Young stopper gets 90 minutes in friendly defeat
Brentford Youth Team goalkeeper Nik Tzanev made his international debut for New Zealand Under-20 yesterday.
The 18-year-old was named in the squad for two friendlies against Uzbekistan and played 90 minutes in the second of those.
Having been an unused substitute in a 1-0 defeat on Friday, April 3, Nik started in the match played in Tashkent yesterday, Monday April 6.
Uzbekistan took a first half lead but New Zealand levelled after the break.
The hosts won it in the second half but New Zealand Under-20 coach Darren Bazeley said his team were the better side.
Nik was born in Wellington and moved to England in 2006.
He has been first-choice goalkeeper for Brentford’s Youth Team this season, playing 16 games as The Bees have moved clear at the top of the Under-18 Professional Development League Two South.
Nik has also played two games for the Development Squad this term.
New Zealand will host the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in May and June.
The squad for that tournament will be announced later this season.