Norwegian coach Jorn Andersen departs Hong Kong national football team

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Jorn Andersen

29th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) Jorn Andersen, the coach who led the Hong Kong national football team to their first Asian Cup finals in 56 years, announced his resignation on Wednesday, opting to accept an offer from another club.

During a press conference, Andersen revealed, “I have recently received an invitation from a club outside of Hong Kong that presents an opportunity I simply cannot refuse.”

Sources close to the matter disclosed that the 61-year-old coach may be heading to Yunnan Yukun FC, a team competing in China League One, the second tier of Chinese football.

It has been learned that Yunnan Yukun FC offered Andersen a monthly salary in the seven-figure range, requesting him to join the club immediately.

Andersen’s tenure as coach of the Hong Kong team has been credited with rejuvenating the squad since he took charge in December 2021. Under his guidance, the team qualified for the Asian Cup at the beginning of this year, marking their first appearance in the tournament since 1968.

Despite being the lowest-ranked team in the competition held in Qatar, Hong Kong showcased competitiveness in their defeats to the United Arab Emirates, Iran, and Palestine.

Reflecting on his time with the team, Andersen expressed, “The past two-and-a-half years have been a fantastic journey. It is with great regret that I now bid farewell to the Hong Kong football scene.”

Assistant coach Wolfgang Luisser will assume the helm for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Iran on June 6 and Turkmenistan on 11th June. Hong Kong currently sits at the bottom of their group and is unable to secure a spot in the 2026 World Cup.