Date: Mar 26, 2017
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter
Taiwan manager Kazuo Kuroda is confident of a good result in tomorrow’s Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup qualifier against Central Asian foe Turkmenistan, saying that he can count on the leadership and extra firepower of four overseas-based stars who have joined the team in recent days.
Kuroda told a pre-game news conference yesterday that the squad’s strength and depth had been bolstered by the return of captain Chen Po-liang, center-forward Wen Chih-hao, midfield dynamo Chen Hao-wei and striker Onur Dogan, who is a naturalized citizen through his marriage to a Taiwanese wife.
“At first, I was worried about their form, as they joined the squad only a few days ago, but after yesterday’s [Friday’s] practice session, I saw the four of them are in good physical condition,” Kuroda said.
“Although they might not be familiar with the current national squad’s playing style and tactics, they have pride to represent the nation,” he said. “I am sure they will give their best effort and adapt to the team.” [FULL STORY]