AFC U23 Championship 2020 Qualifiers: Asian football on the rise – China PR coach Guus Hiddink ahead of facing Malaysia, Philippines

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Former Korea Republic and current China U-23 head coach Guus Hiddink has said that he is happy to see the progress the sport of football is making in the Asian continent. 

The Dutch coach oversaw China’s 5-0 win over Laos in the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Friday and will now face Philippines on Sunday and hosts Malaysia on March 26.

And Hiddink, who led the South Koreans to the semifinals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, commented on the state of football in Asia after the win for his team.

“It’s not always fair to make a comparison with leading countries in world football like the Europeans and South Americans. But what I experience now is that football in Asia has developed a lot,” the two-time former Chelsea interim coach said.

“Having good coaches is the most important thing to develop youth. The young players want to play and they love the game, and the most important thing is that there is a lot of awareness of how coaches deal with the development of young players,” Hiddink said.