Lippi Quits as Head Coach of China’s National Football Team
Following China’s 2-1 defeat to Syria yesterday night, Marcello Lippi suddenly announced his resignation as the head coach of China’s national football team in the post-match press conference.
Lippi said, “a team should spare no efforts in implementing the coach’s tactics,” indicating that the Chinese squad was not following his instructions.
“We could beat weaker opponents like Maldives and Guam, but when we encountered stronger teams like the Philippines and Syria, we could not play our own football,” Lippi pointed out in the post-match press conference.
“I was well paid and I take the full responsibility. I am now announcing my resignation and I will be no longer the coach of Team China.”
Netizens and fans are not satisfied with the team’s performance, saying that it’s disappointing.
The Chinese Football Association (CFA) accepted Marcello Lippi’s resignation.
In the statement on Weibo, the CFA also claimed, “We are really sorry that the unsatisfactory match results disappoint all Chinese fans.”
“The CFA will reflect seriously to rebuild the team, and try our best in the following World Cup qualifiers.”
It is the second time for Lippi to announce his resignation as China coach after losing a match.
He first took charge of Team China in 2016, before leaving the role in January this year when his contract expired after China lost 3-0 to Iran in the AFC Asian Cup.
After the agonizing loss caused by a second half own goal, China now sit in second place in the five-team Group A with seven points from four games, five points behind group leader Syria.
Since only the top team from the eight groups and the four best second-place finishers will advance, the Chinese side are in danger of missing the final round of the Asian Zone qualifying.
SOURCE | Ecns / Euronews
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