The country's national women football team head coach Chen Yun Fat officially resigned from his post Thursday after going AWOL for nearly a month.
Two weeks after helping the Vietnamese women footballers win the 25th South East Asian (SEA) Games in Vientiane in 2009, the Chinese tactician asked to go home on leave on January 30.
Fat was expected to return to Vietnam on March 1 to continue coaching Vietnamese women players.
His one-year contract with the Vietnam Football Federation ended on February 15 but the General Department of Physical Training and Sports had allowed VFF to extend the contract with the Chinese coach when he returned.
However, Fat did not return as promised and after weeks of radio silence he has finally said he won't return. Fat said the Dalian Football Federation, where he is an official, wants him to train its young players.
Fat said he has one more year to work before retiring, so he wants to follow all the rules that will enable him to collect retirement benefits.
Fat came to train Vietnam's women's squad in 2007 and helped the national team win the silver medal at the 24th South East Asian Games in Thailand.
A year later, he helped the Vietnamese women finish second at the ASEAN Football Federation Cup (losing to guests Australia in the finals) before earning Vietnam the women's football title at the 25th SEA Games in Laos last year.
VFF is trying to find someone to take over the reins. The Vietnamese football governing body said it has asked Fat to recommend a compatriot for the post.
If it can't find one, the national women football team will be coached by a local. Current assistants Vu Ba Dong, Kim Hong and Thuy Nga are in the running for the position, at least for the duration of the Asian Cup 2010 in China's Chengdu, Sichuan Province, from May 19-30.