Taiwan’s World and Asian Cup qualification campaign got off to a disastrous start as they lost at home to Jordan.
Taiwan went two goals down in the first half and were ultimately left with too much to do as Jordan saw the game out comfortably. In a soaking wet Taipei Stadium, the quick passing style that manager Louis Lancaster has tried to implement became bogged down by a waterlogged pitch and a well-organised Jordan defence.
Although Wen Chih-Hao pulled a goal back for Taiwan in the 81′ minute, they failed to seriously threaten the opposition goal and came close to conceding a third goal as goalkeeper Pan was forced into a smart one-handed save in the dying minutes.
Two days before the game the CTFA issued a public apology to midfielder Tim Chow and his family for their mistreatment last year. Chow was allegedly axed for failing to arrive on time to a training session, despite Chow’s insistence that he had already informed then-coach Gary White that he would be unable to attend due to flight difficulties. The CTFA may now have to prepare another apology after poor logistics caused significant delays for many fans attempting to enter the stadium. Only one gate was reported to be open for the main stand, resulting in long queues even after the game had kicked off.
Taiwan will hope to regain some goodwill in what is already surely a ‘must win’ home tie vs Nepal on Tuesday.