Ricki Herbert, cnzm
RICKI HERBERT, CNZM, the managing director of RH Sports Tours, has achieved considerable success as a professional football player, coach and founder of his own player academy in New Zealand. He has the rare distinction of having represented New Zealand at FIFA World Cup Finals as a player (1982) and as a national coach (2010). He received the prestigious Halberg Award for 2010 Coach of the Year for leading the All Whites unbeaten at the World Cup Finals in South Africa.
Hebert, who is based in Cambridge, New Zealand, has coached professional clubs including the New Zealand Knights (2006-07), the Wellington Phoenix (2007-13) and North East United in the Indian Premier League (2014-15).
He was a member of FIFA’s technical coaching team at the 2014 World Cup Finals in Brazil, and in 2015 he coached the Papua New Guinea U-23 team to a bronze medal at the South Pacific Games. He was the head coach of the Maldives national side in 2015-16.
He is the founder of the Ricki Herbert Football Academy which runs coaching programmes for young players throughout the North Island of New Zealand.