AFA Player appointed National Coach of Taiwan

Congratulations to Louie Lancaster who was recently named as head coach of Taiwan

Louie played for Old Finchleians and the Southern Amateur League representative side  8 or 9 years ago. He has previously held positions at Arsenal ladies and Watford FC.

He told the AFA ‘I have spent countless hours reading books and watching football in great detail to try and prepare myself for the challenges that lay ahead. My tme playing for the Old Finchleians in AFA football was like going to a spa! I could relax and play my football under no pressure and engage with good people, I couldn’t wait for Saturday afternoons to come along quick enough!

The Chinese Taipei national football team is the official name given by FIFA to the national association football team of Republic of China. It is managed by the Chinese Taipei Football Association the controlling body for football in Taiwan.

They are a member of the Asian Football Confederation's East Asian Football Federation. Despite never qualifying for the FIFA World Cup, Taiwan reached the semi-finals of the 1960 and 1968 AFC Asian Cups, finishing third in the former. The side also won gold in the football sector at the 1954 and 1958 Asian Games although the players in the team originated from British Hong Kong.

 Louie’s first match in charge is against Myanmar  in a friendly on 19th March and we would like to wish Louie all the best for the future.