Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Former star cans China's prospects for Asian Cup

China is unlikely to win the 2007 AFC Asian Cup a former Chinese international told an Asian Football Confederation media conference in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Fan Zhiyi, who played 109 international matches for China and was the AFC's Player of the Year in 2001, said "not many promising young players had emerged" since his generation retired. Known for having an uneasy relationship with the Chinese Football Association, Fan said "the entire environment of Chinese football is not very good," and cited problems in the coaching and administration of the team. "For (the) coaching side and administrative part, we have some problem," he said. "As an ex-national team player, I wish them all the best and hope they reach the final, but I don't think China can reach the final because they are so young [and] are not as good as my generation was," he said.

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