By Chineze Ogugua
The Chinese Football Association (CFA) has announced that they have reached an agreement with the German Football governing body for their national Under-20 team to play in Germany’s fourth tier.
Speaking at the signing ceremony in Beijing, CFA vice-president Zhang Jian confirmed that the Chinese U20 side will participate in the south-western division, one of the five regional divisions in the fourth tier of the German football league system, however, the results from their matches will not be counted on the league table.
This move is part of a comprehensive agreement signed in 2016 between the German FA and the Chinese government to help boost the development of football in China which will strengthen bilateral ties and enhance exchange of football information and cooperation in youth development programme.
However, clubs like Koblenz, Mannheim and Stuttgarter Kickers have shunned the development while announcing that they will not play against the Chinese team to further buttress their protest.
This is a totally bad idea by the two footballing associations if you ask me!