Vietnam women's team headless as Chinese coach stays away

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The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) is rushing to find a coach for the national women's team after Chinese coach Chen Yun Fat failed to return to the team after his January 30-February 28 vacation.

The reason for his absence is not clear.

The demand for a head coach is urgent because the national team is slated to compete at the 2010 Women's Asian Cup that will kick off in China on April 5.

Truong Hai Tung, a VFF official in charge of managing national teams, said they had contacted Fat "continuously" to find out the reason.

However, he failed to reveal further details, saying only that "until now, we are unable to confirm 100 percent that Coach Chen Yun Fat will return to Vietnam due to subjective elements.

"There is a high possibility that the arrest of several Chinese Football Federation officials for suspected match-fixing has affected the federation's agencies, including the Dalian Football

Coach Chen Yun Fat (C) failed to return to the national women's team after his vacation

Federation that manages Coach Fat," he added.

He said Fat had taken the position of the national women's football team on leave from the Dalian Football Federation, where he continues to be head of the Training Section.

Tung rejected the possibility that VFF's unwillingness to extend the contract with Fat could have led to his absence. He said Fat's contract ended on February 25 and VFF had met with him to discuss extending the contract. Tung gave no further details.

Responding to Thanh Nien's query about plans to hire a new coach, he said it would be a difficult task but they had prepared several alternate solutions that would be announced soon.

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