11:35 | 13/06/2017 Sports
With his best players, coach Nguyễn Hữu Thắng is confident of at least a draw for Vietnam in today’s 2019 Asian Cup qualification match against Jordan in Ho Chi Minh City.
|Vietnam's midfielder Nguyễn Tuấn Anh (8) - Photo: bongdaplus|
His beloved midfielder Nguyễn Tuấn Anh has totally recovered from injury and is ready to play. Talented Lương Xuân Trường, who is competing in the South Korean K-League, is allowed to return home for the game. The duo, who have trained and played with each other for nearly a decade, will gather together for the first time after nearly three years in the national-team level. This is expected to strengthen Vietnam’s central area and strongly support their front line...
Thắng added that he and his team would try their best, playing in defence, and target at least one point against strong Jordan. He said the team was better than Vietnam in term of physique. However, Vietnam will be playing on the home turf with the strong support of local fans.
On the other side, coach Abdulla Ahmed Khalfan of Jordan said he wanted to go home with three points. He said Vietnam is a quality team and Jordan would take time to set up their domination instead of attacking from the beginning.
Expressing his determination, Striker Nguyễn Văn Quyết said, “Everyone knows that Jordan is stronger than Vietnam. However, we are a united team who train hard and if we strictly follow tactics we could have a positive result.”
Jordan has come to HCM City with many players who are competing in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE. These players would create challenges for the host side. Captain Odai Elsifi said they have made a long journey to Vietnam and they would try their best to score three points.
Jordan, who are in their Ramadan period, are now on top of Group C after their 7-0 win over Cambodia in the last round. Vietnam shares the second position with Afghanistan after their 1-1 draw.