Vietnam to make splash at Asian U23 tournament

14:51 | 02/01/2018 Sports

Vietnam’s national head coach Park Hang-seo confirmed that his team would try to pull off a miracle at the upcoming Asian Football Confederation U23 Football Championship in China.

vietnam to make splash at asian u23 tournament
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Speaking at a send-off ceremony in Hanoi recently, Park said his team had practiced hard since early this month with great support from the Vietnam Football Federation. The tournament was very close, but the team did not waste any time to improve their strength.

“It is time to show that we have prepared for the tournament. I really want to make a miracle happen there,” said Park through an interpreter.

Vietnam are in Group D, together with the Republic of Korea (RoK), Australia and Syria. This is the second consecutive time that Vietnamese players have won a slot at the Asian tournament.

The tournament will kick off on January 9 and Vietnam will first play the RoK two days later.

Park said the RoK would be the most difficult team, noting he had collected necessary information on Australia and Syria...

Asked how he felt about playing against his country’s national team, Park said he was a Korean but he worked for Vietnam.

“My country is the RoK. I am a Korean. My parents live there, and I love my country. But I am now head coach of Vietnam, and the Vietnamese flag is on my chest now. Honestly, I want to beat them,” he answered.

Presenting at the ceremony recently, captain Truong said the whole team had suffered no pressure but felt confident ahead of the competition.

“We worked hard with heavy practice. We know three rivals are strong, but we are keeping our minds fresh. I think we will do a good job,” he said.

The team left for China on January 1. They will have about 10 days to get familiar with the weather and terrain.

On January 4, they will play a friendly match against Palestine, which is their final test for the Asian event.

Theo VNS