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Hao Wei replaces Hiddink as China PR U23 head coach


Thursday, September 19, 2019
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Kuala Lumpur: Former women's team national head coach Hao Wei has replaced Guus Hiddink at the helm of the China PR U-23 squad.


The Chinese Football Association (CFA) said in a statement posted on its website that the change is to ensure the China PR U-23 squad are well prepared for the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020, which also serves as the qualifying tournament for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Former Korea Republic head coach Hiddink steered China PR through qualification for the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020, with the East Asians edging out Malaysia on goal difference.

The China PR U-23 squad lost 2-0 to Vietnam in a friendly on September 8.

The CFA said a committee, which includes former China PR striker Gao Hongbo, will manage the U-23 squad's preparations for the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020.

Photo: AFP

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