KFA to discuss fate of head coach Jo Bonfrere

South Korean football governing body will have a meeting next week to discuss the fate of Jo Bonfrere, the head coach of the national football team, a Korea Football Association (KFA) official said Friday.

"We will investigate and discuss (the national team's) past performances and consider the matter of changing the head coach at our technical committee meeting," the KFA official was quoted by South Korean Yonhap News Agency as saying,

"But we have yet to decide anything," said the official.

The association's 10 committee members are scheduled to meet on next Tuesday.

Jo Bonfrere is under pressure to step down as the team's recent performances were poor.

In the recent East Asian Football Federation Championship, the South Korean team did not win any of the three matches it played, and only took the last place in the race.

Earlier this week, South Korean team was defeated by Saudi Arabia 1-0 in the 2006 World Cup qualifier at home.

Local sports newspapers have dedicated extensive column space calling for the sacking of the coach. Some newspapers have even

carried articles listing those coaches available to replace him.

Though the team has already qualified for the next year's World Cup finals in Germany, the poor performances still raised deep concerns about the teams prospects for the 2006 World Cup finals.

Local sports newspapers criticized the team for "being poor in finish and lacking drive and team coordination."

Bonfrere was chosen as the head coach of the South Korean national team in June 2004 after his predecessor Humberto Coelho resigned in April that year.

Bonfrere has been contracted until the end of the 2006 World Cup.

Bonfrere is the South Korean team's third foreign coach since Guus Hiddink, current coach of Australia's national team, led the South Korean team to reach the semifinals of the 2002 World Cup.

Source: Xinhua



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