Chinese Football Association (CFA) on Friday appointed Marcello Lippi as their coach for the second time as they prepare to qualify in the 2022 World Cup. The former Italy coach will be succeeding Fabio Cannavaro, who announced to step down from the position last month. “The Italian football coach Marcello Lippi became the head coach of the Chinese national men’s soccer team,” quoted CFA’s statement. Also Read - PV Sindhu Reveals Turning Point of Her Career, Says Beating Olympic Champion Li Xuerui Gave me Confidence

“Since Lippi coached the national team, the team has shown a positive spirit and a tenacious fighting belief. We believe that in the days to come, under the leadership of Lippi and his coaching team, the members of the Chinese national men’s soccer team will make a full impact in their World Cup competition dreams,” the statement added. Lippi has already coached the China team for more than two years before leaving the post in January. The former Juventus boss led the club to five Serie A titles and also claimed the 1995-96 Champions League during his time with the Italian club. Moreover, he led Italy to win the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Also Read - UEFA Europa League 2019-20: Manchester United, Arsenal Kick Start European Campaign With Wins

Lippi will take charge of the team next month when China will face Philippines and Tajikistan in friendlies. Also Read - Dutch Football Player Shot Dead Amidst Growing Violence in Capital City Amsterdam