3 Jun 2011

Leading Dutch football coach to steer Tuvalu national team

2:20 pm on 3 June 2011

A leading Dutch football coach, Foppe de Haan, is to be the new coach of Tuvalu's national team.

Radio Netherlands reports that Mr De Haan has confirmed he will coach Tuvalu's side for the Pacific Games in August

Last month, the former Dutch national Under 21 squad's coach stepped down as coach of Ajax Cape Town, a satellite club of the Amsterdam Dutch league champions.

Mr De Haan was approached by fellow Dutchmen Paul Driessen and Koen van Santvoord, the men behind a project to bring Tuvalu into the fold of world football association FIFA.

The 67-year-old coach says that after giving it some thought, he decided to accept the unlikely offer because he's always wanted to see more of the world and the Tuvalu role seems a good way to start.