Dutch football coach heads for Tuvalu

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Leading Dutch football coach Foppe de Haan is heading for new pastures. This summer, the former coach of the Dutch national Under 21 squad is taking up a new position on the tiny Polynesian island nation of Tuvalu.

At a press conference on Friday, Mr De Haan said he will coach the national side for the Pacific Games, which start in August. “You can never really stop when football is your passion,” said De Haan who this week stepped down as coach of Ajax Cape Town, a satellite club of the Amsterdam Dutch league champions.

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

After giving it some thought, the 67-year-old coach decided to accept the unlikely offer. “I’ve always wanted to see more of the world with my wife, and this seems like a good way to start.”

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