|Finalists drawn: The National U19 Football Tournament’s organising board held a draw in Nha Trang City yesterday. Photo thethaovietnam.vn|
Hosts Sannatech Khánh Hòa will be in Group A of the National U19 Football Tournament’s final round in the southern province of Khánh Hòa, according to the event’s draw held yesterday.
Khánh Hòa will play with Hà Nội T&T, Becamex Bình Dương and An Giang. While Group B includes Quảng Nam, PVF, Viettel and Bình Định.
In the opening matches today, Khánh Hòa will meet Bình Dương, while defending champions PVF face Viettel.
“The tournament is a chance for junior teams to hone their skills and gain experience for their long-time target. The event’s outstanding players will be selected for the Olympics, U23 and senior football team. The eight teams in the final round competed very successfully in the qualifying rounds, so it will be difficult for our team, PVF, to defend our title from last year. However, we will strive for the best result,” said Nguyễn Mạnh Cường, chef-de-mission of PVF.
At this year’s event, the winner will walk away with VNĐ80 million (US$3,500). The runners-up will receive VNĐ50 million (US$2,100) and VNĐ30 million (US$1,300).
The organising board also presents awards for best footballer, best goal keeper and best scorer.
The tickets will be free for fans nationwide. – VNS