Stu Jacobs, New Zealand coach: "We set ourselves certain goals before we came here, and surviving the group stage was one of them. Gambia played very well today, especially in the first half. We competed well up until the break, and the boys put in a lot of effort in the second half as well. We had a few chances, but at this level you have to take them if you want to progress. This is our first appearance at the World Cup. We'll learn our lessons and come back better the next time. We'll be going out to win against Mexico, even though our chances of qualifying now are slim. Mexico are a strong team, but we'll do everything we can to beat them. And if we don't, we'll be back for sure and we'll do it better next time."
Peter Bonu Johnson, Gambia coach: "We're delighted to have won today. We were under a lot of pressure towards the end, but we're glad to have come away with the three points. It's a tremendous thrill to have notched up our first victory. We started the game cautiously, as we didn't want to be caught cold. Now we have to prepare for Portugal. I think we should have scored more goals today. But we could not afford to go on the offensive too much and risk being caught on the break."
Dan Keat, New Zealand captain: "We were not
fast enough or play with enough intensity. We conceded an
unfortunate goal. We gave all we could in the second half, but
couldn't score a goal. The chances for the last game? Who
knows. There's no reason why we couldn't do something
Craig Henderson, New Zealand midfielder: "We are disappointed, of course. In the first half, we were too slow. didn't come in the game. We picked up in second half but the last game will be definitely up a level. We should never let believe them, that they can win easily."
Ousan Jallow, Gambia striker: "We're very pleased with the win, of course. It was incredibly important for the morale of the team. We've regained our self-belief now. We were unable to take our chances against Mexico. That's something we worked on, and today we did a better job of it."
Per Landing Conateh, Gambia defender: "Today was my first full match at the World Cup. I'm delighted with the win. We were the better team. We wanted the victory at all costs, and that will to win helped us a lot."
Ken Jammeh, Gambia defender:"We were better focussed today and really well prepared mentally. We're determined to get through to the next stage. We want to make history for Gambia by getting to the semi-finals, maybe even into the final."