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Uli Stielike to stay on as South Korea head coach

The Korean Football Association (KFA) announced on Monday that national team head coach Uli Stielike will remain at the helm despite an uninspiring World Cup qualifying performance last month.

The technical committee made the decision to keep Stielike after a meeting at the National Football Center in Paju, Seoul.

Stielike has been in hot water following the national team’s mediocre performance in the third and final qualifying round for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Taeguk Warriors fell 1-0 to China on March 23, which was only South Korea’s second defeat to the Asian neighbour in 32 meetings.

Stielike’s side managed to collect a 1-0 victory against Syria at home five days later, but fans here have questioned the German coach’s tactical acumen.

South Korea are in Group A, along with Iran, Uzbekistan, Syria, China and Qatar. They trail leader Iran by 4 points and are only 1 point above third-place Uzbekistan.

South Korea’s next match is against Qatar in Doha on June 13. The national team will then host Iran on Aug. 31 before taking on Uzbekistan five days later on the road.