World Cup: Arie Hann confident in beating HK
Arie Haan, head coach of the Chinese soccer team, said Monday he is confident in beating Hong Kong on Wednesday to attain another three points to qualify in the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Haan told Chinese reporters that he could not guarantee China a berth in World Cup.
He refused to reveal which position Sun Jihai, a Manchester City defender, would take in Wednesday's match against Hong Kong of China, but made it quite clear that Sun had been physically ready for the match.
Haan's confidence was shared by China's defender Zheng Zhi. " Advantage over Hong Kong of China? We have trained together longer, and we are physically and technically stronger. So I am confident we can win", said Zheng.
In the first round of the World Cup Asian Zone Group D, China beat Kuwait 1-0 at home, while Hong Kong of China defeated Malaysia 3-1 on away.