Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Chinese Football on the Right Foot

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Chinese Football on the Right Foot

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THE new head of China's scandal-plagued football association praised the national team's East Asian championship win, but said the squad still had a long way to go to regain world-class status.

China on Sunday reclaimed the East Asia title it last won in 2005, finishing the round-robin event with two wins over Hong Kong and South Korea, and a scoreless draw with Japan.

Wei Di, who was named to head the Chinese Football Association (CFA) after his predecessor was detained on corruption allegations, said while the performance was a good one, the players and their coach have more work to do.

"The East Asia Cup is not as important a competition as the World Cup or the World Cup qualifier ... so that means Gao Hongbo and his team have not been truly tested," Wei was quoted as saying by the Beijing Youth Daily on Monday.

"Although China's championship win should be celebrated, it is not a sign that the Chinese team has reached a turning point. …

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