|Vietnamese midfielder Đinh Xuân Tiến. Photo AFC|
HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese midfielder Đinh Xuân Tiến has been identified as a player to watch at the upcoming 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U20 Asian Cup finals in Uzbekistan, according to the-afc.com.
The website highlighted one player from each of the 16 teams set to compete for the championship, with Tiến among those singled out for praise.
Tiến, who currently plays for V. League 1 side Sông Lam Nghệ An, was described by the website as a "hardworking midfielder" and "one of the many talented Vietnam players who will be sure to shine at Uzbekistan 2023." He scored three goals in the AFC U20 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2023 qualifiers, including a brace against Hong Kong.
The tournament will feature 16 teams, including Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Japan, Jordan, South Korea, Indonesia, Oman, Tajikistan, Iran, Australia, Việt Nam, Kyrgyzstan, China, Iraq, and Syria. All eyes will be on these teams as they compete for the championship in what promises to be a thrilling event.
Việt Nam is in Group B with Iran, Australia, and Qatar. They are among the five second-placed teams with the best results in the qualifying round.
Among the rivals of Việt Nam in Group B, Qatar won the tournament in 2014, Iran triumphed four times (in 1973, 1974, 1975, and 1976), while Australia were the runners-up in 2010.
The four teams advancing to the semi-finals will earn berths at the 2023 FIFA U20 World Cup. As there are five slots for Asia at the World Cup, if Indonesia, the host of the World Cup, enters the Asian Cup semi-finals, the two best-performing teams that lose the quarter-finals will compete in a play-off to vie for the remaining slot.
Việt Nam will compete against Australia on March 1, Qatar on March 4, and Iran on March 7. VNS