against Māori players
Little did the students at Mt Roskill intermediate know, they were opening up a window into New Zealand’s sporting future, as Auckland City FC and Māori Football Aotearoa collaborated in a training session at the school in te reo Māori.
For former players like Ngāpuhi descendent Gordon Watson, it's a moment he never thought possible.
"No chance, the era I grew up in football this sort of thing would be complete fantasy."
Watson says football was often not a safe environment for him and others.
Link to video and article: NZ Football admits historical discrimination against Māori players (1news.co.nz)