Camacho quiet on future as China team coach

14 November 2011 09:46

Former Real Madrid manager Juan Antonio Camacho Monday sidestepped questions about his future as China's national coach after a string of losses left his side on the brink of World Cup elimination.

The Spaniard took charge of China's beleaguered national football team in August with the task of turning around the struggling Asian giant's fortunes in time to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

But time appears to be running out after China's loss to Iraq on Tuesday left Camacho's men all but out of the running for the 2014 World Cup.

Camacho's side will need a hatful of goals in their final two matches and for other results to go their way if they are to be a part of the world's biggest sporting event in three years.

"We have a lot of things to do, we have a lot to improve. And we must start from the match, from the training session and we already know what to do now," Camacho said in response to a question on whether he was committed to stay with the side for the next 2-3 years.

He declined to give a specific answer when pressed again on whether he would still be with Chinese national team after the World Cup qualifying campaign was over.

Camacho was speaking at a pre-match press conference ahead of Tuesday's qualifier against Singapore.

China is third in its Asia World Cup qualifiers group with three points, behind Jordan -- who with 12 points in four matches have already advanced into the next round -- and nine-point Iraq.

To advance, China will need to win all of its remaining two matches and improve its goal difference and hope Iraq loses both, a seemingly tall order given Iraq's vastly superior win ratio in the qualifiers.

Source: AFP