former Chinese international, Di Anhe started his
coaching career with the Jiangsu club in 1985. In
1993, Di was invited to coach the Pakistan
national team and led the side to win the South
Asian Games in the same year. Afterwards, Di
returned to his homeland and became head coach of
the Chinese national youth team in 1996.
In 1997, he rejoined the Chinese national team as
assistant coach to Wang Jiawei. Then he won the
Bangkok Asian Games championship in 1998 and the
Asian Championship in 1999 with the team. Early in
2001, Di succeeded Wang to take the helm of the
national side. He started rebuilding the team
after the 2001 Asian Championship by replacing
most of the veterans with promising newcomers.
The Chinese team had a disappointing year in 2002
while the young players accumulated some
international experience. However, Di led China to
second place at the 2003 Asian Championship and
tenth at the World Cup in the same year.