|Việt Nam coach Nguyễn Quốc Tuấn (right) talks to his U16 players before training. Việt Nam will compete at the AFF U16 Youth Championship from July 31-August 13 in Indonesia. Photo of VFF|
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam are targeting a berth in the semi-finals at least at the AFF U16 Youth Championship, which will begin on July 31 in Indonesia.
"We will strive for the semis first before working harder for the final," coach Nguyễn Quốc Tuấn said.
Việt Nam are in Group A with Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines. Group B gathers Thailand, Timor Leste, Laos and Brunei. Meanwhile, Malaysia will defend its title in Group C against Australia, Myanmar and Cambodia.
The top team of each group and one best second-place squad will advance to the last four. The final is planned for August 13.
"My players are the best from the National U17 Championship. They have been training for nearly one month since June 30. We have prepared for them in both fitness and tactics and had three friendly matches. They are ready for the tournament," said Tuấn who left for Indonesia with his men on Wednesday.
Việt Nam will first play Singapore on July 31 at the Sultan Agung Stadium in Bantul.
Việt Nam and Thailand are the two most successful teams in the tournament with three triumphs each.
The competition is a warm-up for teams who will play in the 2023 Asian U17 Championship's qualification in October. VNS