Yin named temporary China head coach

Yin Tiesheng has been appointed the temporary new head coach of China for next month's Asian Cup qualifiers, the Chinese Football Association (CFA) said. Yin will head a three-man coaching team to prepare for the away match against Syria on Jan. 14 and the home fixture against Vietnam a week later, according to a statement on the CFA's website. The Shandong-born 52-year-old is the successor to Serbian Vladimir Petrovic, who oversaw China's early exit from 2010 World Cup qualifying in June. Yin, nicknamed "Iron Egg", was assistant to former Olympic coach Ratomir Dujkovic. In a 20-year coaching career he has won a Chinese FA Cup with Shandong in 1995 and guided China's Under-17 squad to the title at the 1991 Asian junior championships.