Chiou I-jen elected new head of Taiwan’s football association

Taiwan’s bitter election dispute is finally over 

The election dispute at the CTFA (Chinese Taipei Football Association) is finally over, and now hopefully everyone involved in running the association can continue to work on improving football on the island. The man to come out of the dispute in charge has been named as Chiou I-Jen.

This is the second stint that Chiou has had in charge of running the association, the first time was from December 2005 to January 2010. 

Thrown in at the deep end 

Some might say it is good news that Chiou has experience already of running the CTFA because he has taken over an association that has been neglected for the past 4 months or so as the association had a feud amongst themselves to see who would gain control of football in Taiwan. 

During that period while the disputes were ongoing, Taiwan has lost the best manager they have had in their history, are now manager-less leading up to the EAFF (East Asian Championship) second round and clearly, have no plans in place to prepare for that tournament. On the other hand, the other three nations involved – Hong Kong, Mongolia, and North Korea – all have friendlies arranged to prepare for the tournament. Which points to Taiwan struggling to do well, but I hope I am wrong. 

A new era for Taiwanese football 

Chiou has said that he wants to embark upon a new era for Taiwanese football with the help of the younger generation, if he really means and intends to do this then this could be a great thing for Taiwanese football, especially if all the old cronies are booted out to let people be involved in running the game here who want it to do well, very well. 

The problem is, it is hard to know who is just giving out soundbites and who really has the best intention to improve football in Taiwan, there isn’t much news putting spotlight on how shady the associations are even though most people on the island are aware of it. Hopefully, the younger generation can avoid the pitfalls of the ones they’re replacing and they can avoid all the shady stuff that rarely gets reported in the press, but when it does its often just brushed under the carpet quickly.
Better the devil you know 

As the saying goes, “it’s better the devil you know”, but in Taiwan’s case this isn’t true, if they stuck with the last guy then football would continue to stagnate while the association kept telling everyone that they were fighting to improve. There are no signs to say the new guy could be better, in fact, it is not out of the realms of possibility that he could be completely worse.

The change was needed though because regardless of what was being said in public, football here wasn’t and still isn’t improving.  Things have gotten slightly better, but a lot of the same issues weren’t getting addressed that needed to be. The national team doesn’t play enough games, they don’t enter enough competitions (this has changed a bit lately, so credit where credit is due for that), the league and national team fixtures aren’t promoted well, they still have 3pm midweek kickoffs, they still have no manager. These are some of the issues that I personally think need to be addressed. 

So, to wrap everything up; it’s about bloody time the football association stopped squabbling over their own interests and what scraps each of the members get from the table, now it’s time for the new guy to show why they were fighting to get him in charge of the association. Over to you then Chiou I-jen to show us you were worth fighting for and are capable of pushing Taiwan to another level, good luck.

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