Myer Bevan wins nationwide league Golden Boot race as Tokyo Olympics dream placed on maintain


Myer Bevan scored 15 goals in 16 appearances for Auckland City during the national league season just gone.

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Myer Bevan scored 15 targets in 16 appearances for Auckland Metropolis in the course of the nationwide league season simply gone.

Myer Bevan had been making a compelling case for himself forward of the Tokyo Olympics, however like many Kiwi athletes, his desires have been placed on maintain.

The 22-year-old striker completed the nationwide males’s soccer league season with 15 targets in 16 appearances for champions Auckland City, 4 greater than his closest rival for the Golden Boot.

They had been the form of numbers he had been hoping to place up, having returned to New Zealand after three years in Europe and North America, the place he had been attempting to make it as a professional.

There’s loads of competitors on the attacking finish of the pitch among the many present crop of OlyWhites – these born 1997 and later – and Bevan regarded to have given his probabilities of making it to Tokyo an actual enhance.

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However with the sporting world placed on maintain because of the coronavirus pandemic – and the Olympics postponed till 2021 – his good kind in the course of the 2019-20 summer time might need all been for nought.

“The Olympics had been meant to be in July, so that might have been good for me to place my finest foot ahead when it comes to kind to be chosen, however clearly with the timeframe altering it’s kind of totally different,” Bevan mentioned this week.

“The final 12 months for me has been good, with the Olympic qualifiers and the Golden Boot, however then once more all of it depends upon who they take as overage gamers and who suits into the squad.

“I am simply attempting to place my finest foot ahead to attempt to be picked.”

Earlier than the nationwide league season started, Bevan performed a major function because the OlyWhites certified for Tokyo by successful the OFC Beneath-23 Championship, scoring a dozen targets to assert the match’s Golden Boot.

Myer Bevan scored 12 goals as the OlyWhites qualified for the Tokyo Olympics last October.

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Myer Bevan scored 12 targets because the OlyWhites certified for the Tokyo Olympics final October.

He began the season with a hat-trick as Metropolis beat Hawke’s Bay United and scored in every of their first six video games, serving to them fly out to an early lead which they by no means relinquished.

“I would watched highlights of the league however I would by no means actually performed within the league, so it was form of an unknown,” Bevan mentioned.

“Coming again right here I hoped to be one of many essential gamers within the crew and it was good.

“It is an fascinating league, there’s some excellent gamers within the league, and I do not assume you possibly can underestimate it, however I used to be glad that I did come again and rating lots.”

City were crowned the 2019-20 champions earlier this month, when the nation’s response to the unfold of Covid-19 meant the league was cancelled with two rounds – and the highest 4 playoffs – nonetheless to play.

One of many remaining acts of the season was Bevan scoring his 15th objective – on the finish of a 2-Zero win over Japanese Suburbs, the final recreation to be performed – however since then he is been caught in limbo, like many athletes around the globe.

“I had plans abroad, I would had a number of totally different alternatives come up, however with the present state of affairs we’re in, I’ve needed to push these again,” he mentioned.

“We’re within the unknown now – no-one actually is aware of what’s going to occur tomorrow, not to mention subsequent month. It’s kind of unusual, I do not know after I’ll be going, however I’ve simply acquired to take it day-to-day.

Myer Bevan's plans to explore football opportunities overseas have been put on hold.

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Myer Bevan’s plans to discover soccer alternatives abroad have been placed on maintain.

“It is also about well being, not simply soccer. You’ve got acquired to consider who you are with and your loved ones on this loopy time.

“When every little thing settles down, we are able to begin discussing my future once more, however for now it is on maintain.”

Bevan is one of several OlyWhites who will need the age limit for the men’s Olympic football tournament to be adjusted from under-23 to under-24 in order to take part, now that it has been postponed to 2021.

A number of certified nations, together with New Zealand, have already raised or are planning to lift the difficulty with Fifa, the sport’s world governing physique.

Fifa has mentioned in a press release that it “will work with related stakeholders to handle all key issues associated to this rescheduling”.