Maki and Tao would like to announce their arrival at a decision with regard to their international football availability. Obviously being both New Zealanders by birth and in possession of an Italian human gave them the option of representing either country. Added to this is the further complication that their colouring is both predominantly white and considered blue pointed making either the All Whites or Azzurri natural fits.
However, after much deliberation and soul searching, they have decided to declare full allegiance to Italy.
“On behalf of Tao and myself, I would like to thank the public of New Zealand for all their support and encouragement throughout our early catreer” Maki said. “But ultimately we want to win the World Cup and we feel Italy gives us a more realistic opportunity to achieve this aim. We also believe that Italian eligibility gives us the best possible chance to fulfil our ultimate dream of playing for Roma.”