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Camacho issues ultimatum for today's qualifier

10-11-2011 15:49 BJT

BEIJING - It's do or die time. Or, at least, do or get kicked off the team.

China coach Jose Antonio Camacho warned his team that anyone playing with less than a full effort in a World Cup qualifier against Iraq in Shenzhen on Tuesday will be out of the national lineup.

The Spanish coach, who took charge of the team in August, said the host could easily lose if it plays anything like it did in the second half of a friendly against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Oct 6.

China won, 2-1, but followed an impressive first-half display with an atrocious second half.

"We controlled the game and played quite well in the first half we even could have scored more goals with fast attacks," said Camacho, who replaced eight players in the game. "But we were in a totally different situation in the second half - we played slowly and lost our sharpness.

"I don't think (the substitutes) have problems in skills. Instead, they lack a positive attitude. They should run more and play more aggressively, but all of them were not in the right rhythm. I warned them if they continue to play like this, they will disappear from the lineup, and I think they know how to play in the future."

It wasn't the first time Camacho blasted his team recently. In an interview with the Spanish newspaper AS, Camacho blamed his players' lack of guts on Chinese parents' tendency to spoil their children, thanks to the fact most families only have one.

According to the newspaper, Camacho said Chinese families' over-protection has cost the younger generation the ambition to compete in team sports.

He also expressed his disappointment with the players' cowardice in tackling and physical confrontations.

"Though we won the friendly, we can't look down on our opponent," he said. "I hope we will make Iraq in trouble from the very beginning of the game. If we play like we did in the second half of the friendly, our opponent will benefit from the slow rhythm."

The Chinese national team, which for the first and only time qualified the World Cup in 2002, has failed to claim a berth in the last stage of World Cup Asian Zone qualifiers (round-of-ten) in the past ten years.


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: China Daily

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