BINH DUONG (VNS) — The head coaches of Viet Nam and Myanmar teams will have a chance to assess their players at a friendly match today between two sides at Go Dau Stadium in the southern province of Binh Duong.
The new coaches for Viet Nam and Myanmar are Toshiya Miura and Radojko Abramovic, respectively.
The friendly will be the first competitive game between the two coaches. It also the first match between the two teams in two years since their 1-1 draw in the Southeast Asian Football Championships.
Both coaches have been rebuilding their teams and have summoned many new faces from their training camps.
In order to prepare for the match, Viet Nam have been training since last Thursday and Toshiya said he was pleased with the progress his players have made.
"I am very happy and excited about the match. Our players have trained hard and I am very satisfied. The match today will give us a chance to see how players can play and what they can do," Toshiya said in a pre-match news conference.
"The results are not the only thing I should focus on. It's also about tactics. I will try some team tactics during the match and see how they do," he said.
Toshiya said that he had chosen the team's captain.
"But I do not want to say who he is at the moment," he added.
Abramovic, of Serbia, who has been a popular name in the Southeast Asia football after his success with the Singaporean football team before moving to Myanmar, will use the match as a good occasion to try out his young players.
"I have been working with many new faces and the match against Viet Nam is a good chance to have a look at the quality of players and see whether young players can step in and take a role on the national team," he said, adding that he has five days to prepare for the match.
Midfielder Le Tan Tai said the match was a good opportunity for young players to become exposed to the international level, but still hopes the team will have a good match against Myanmar.
"We have been training hard and will enter the match with a strong determination. We will play the game as well as we can to show the coach what we can do," Tai said. — VNS