Sam Burfoot determined to bring Waitakere United back to the top in New Zealand

Waitakere United is one of the most important football clubs from New Zealand. Champions of the OFC Champions League in 2007 and 2008, they are currently living a title drought, as their last title was in 2013, when legendary Roy Krishna led the team to the national title.

After some dark seasons, Waitakere United finally managed to bounce back with a surprising campaign at 2019-20 ISPS Handa Premiership as they were in third when the league was cancelled: “I was really proud of what we achieved last season. We had a very young and inexperienced squad compared to the rest of the league and so finishing third has exceeded my expectations,” revealed Waitakere’s captain Sam Burfoot.

Waitakere’s surprising season was interrupted by the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 which forced New Zealand Football to call off the season: “They made the right decision to call off the season. Although it was very hard to take and left us thinking of how far we could have gone,” stated the 26-year-old midfelder – “I have really enjoyed my time at the club and I want to help the club improve and take them back to their glory days,” he added.

As captain of the team, Burfoot has seen young teammates becoming key players in the team, such as Alex Connor-McClean, Dane Schnell and Jake Porter: “It is pleasing to know that last season helped put some of our players on the radar for New Zealand Football. And for the club itself it is a step in the right direction to taking us back to where we belong,” he pointed.

Burfoot and his teammates played a friendly against Auckland City last weekend – the last one before their debut at 2020-21 ISPS Handa Premiership against Canterbury United. You can check the full league schedule by clicking here.

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