December 10, 2023

Head coach Jorn Andersen has slammed the Iranian FA for treating Hong Kong with “no respect” forward of the groups’ World Cup qualifying conflict in Tehran on Thursday.

Norwegian Andersen was raging over the coaching discipline offered for his workforce after they arrived on Tuesday, and stated it was the worst he had seen throughout 4 a long time on the coalface {of professional} soccer.

Hong Kong already had their work reduce out towards opponents ranked twenty first on the earth. However Andersen, who’s with out a number of key gamers for the match, stated his A hundred and fiftieth-ranked aspect’s job had grown even steeper after preliminary preparations have been compromised.

“I’ve 40 years of expertise in skilled soccer, and I used to be anticipating the Iranian FA to respect us after we got here right here for a World Cup qualifying sport,” Andersen stated.

“We needed to coach two instances in Iran, to arrange for a really troublesome sport. We hoped we’d have a coaching discipline the place we might really practice.

Hong Kong males’s nationwide soccer workforce supervisor Jorn Andersen (left) with Shinichi Chan at a press convention forward of the match.

“[On Tuesday] they provided us a coaching discipline the place we couldn’t play soccer. That’s no respect.

“When we don’t practice, how can we be ready? That is my first time in Iran, I respect Iran, however … they didn’t respect us.”

Andersen was set to supervise a observe session on the match venue – the 78,000-capacity Azadi Stadium – on Wednesday night time, earlier than finalising his workforce for the opening Group E fixture.

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He’s having to make do with out the Brazil-born trio of Everton Camargo, Helio Goncalves and Fernando, in addition to Solar Ming-him, who was a part of the Hong Kong under-23 workforce that embarrassed Iran within the quarterfinals of the latest Asian Video games.

And it’s that victory in Hangzhou that’s offering a sliver of hope for Andersen, who was nonetheless sensible about his aspect’s probabilities of replicating their younger counterparts’ achievement.

“This can be a completely different Iran workforce, it’s a lot stronger,” Andersen stated.

“There’s a massive hole between Iran and Hong Kong. However there was additionally an enormous hole between the under-23 groups within the rankings.

Jorn Andersen speaks along with his gamers throughout coaching.

“We noticed what was potential with the precise workforce and ways and motivation.

“We may have a transparent match plan. We all know Iran have nice gamers however we’re right here to attempt to obtain a great outcome.”

Andersen stated spiky 23-year-old BC Rangers midfielder Lam Hin-ting was in competition to start out as a result of “mentally he’s good, he’s a tough employee and also you want gamers like this towards Iran”.

Shinichi Chan, in the meantime, is certainly one of solely three gamers – Yapp Hung-fai and Matthew Orr, the others – from the beginning XI when former coach Mixu Paatelainen’s workforce misplaced in Iran in June 2021, more likely to begin this week.

“There’s a massive distinction between Jorn and Mixu,” Chan stated. “Jorn has introduced higher outcomes and extra aggressive soccer.

“We aren’t right here simply to show up, we need to carry an brisk and aggressive efficiency, and present the spirit of Hong Kong.”

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