Eventually, Ali joined Spanish second-tier club Real Murcia and after his playing career ended, he took up coaching jobs in India.
According to a CTFA statement, Ali was a pioneer, the first Asian player who tried to break into top-flight soccer in Britain and that “currently Ali is being cultivated by the English Football Association as a potential future coach for professional clubs.”
The CTFA said Ali’s life story was adapted for the 2007 Bollywood movie Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal, in which he played himself. The film was based on Ali’s experiences as a British youngster with an ethnic-minority background trying to overcome the many barriers in British professional soccer.
“I have discussed the job with Ali. He and I have common visions and similar goals. We believe Taiwanese soccer can shine on the world stage. Our first goal is for the Taiwan national junior squad to make it to the finals of the under-17 FIFA World Cup in 2019. The other goal is for Taiwan to produce 10 top-level international players in the next 10 years,” Wang said.
“I am very happy that Ali has chosen to come here, to help our national soccer program. We also want to thank the many international organizations who assist behind the scenes and help support Taiwan’s soccer development,” he said.