China Women's Soccer Team Awaits New Head Coach

August 13, 2015
Editor: Kate Wu
File photo of Hao Wei (M), former head coach of China women's soccer team. [Xinhua]

The Chinese Football Association has accepted the resignation of Hao Wei, head coach of the national women's soccer team, following a run of disappointing results.

The association spoke highly of Hao's work and expressed thanks for his contribution to the sport.

The association said it will start the selection of a replacement soon.

Hao took on the role in January 2012. He led the team to win third place at the AFC Women's Asian Cup in 2014.

The team made a top eight finish in Canada's World Cup in June this year, fueling hopes for the rejuvenation of its glory nearly a decade ago when it won the runners-up position in the 1999 World Cup and a silver at the 1996 Olympics.

However, at the recent East Asian Cup competition in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, the team fell to Japan 2-0 on August 8 following their 1-0 loss to South Korea and 3-2 defeat by eventual champion Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Immediately after the match, Hao confirmed his resignation and said he wanted to enrich his knowhow and learn more from experienced coaches.

He also called on the public to create a looser environment to enable the women's soccer team to grow.

(Source: Xinhua/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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