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Viet Nam U21 to face Thai U20

Update: October, 11/2006 - 00:00

Viet Nam U21 to face Thai U20

(11-10-2006)

HA NOI — With the Asian Youth Championship finals and the 2008 Olympics qualifying round fast approaching, competition at today’s friendly match between Viet Nam’s U21 football team and Thailand’s U20 squad may be more fierce than friendly.

The organising committee of the National U21 Championship set up the match, which will take place at Da Nang’s Chi Lang Stadium today.

The hosts have gathered players from the Pomina Steel Tien Giang team, who were crowned National U21 champions last weekend, as well as other top players from Da Nang, Binh Dinh and Hoang Anh Gia Lai for the clash against Thailand.

Viet Nam’s starting lineup will include goalkeeper Hoang Cong Vuong, protected by defenders Nguyen Thanh Long Giang, Vo Nhat Tan and Tran Quoc Anh from Tien Giang and Nguyen Huu Hung from Da Nang.

Midfielders will be Tien Giang’s Ma Duy Anh and Nguyen Cong Minh Thien, Da Nang’s Phan Thanh Phuc and Binh Dinh’s Phan Quy Hoang Lam.

As for the forwards, Le Tan Linh of Tien Giang will play along with Nguyen Tang Tuan from Hoang Anh Gia Lai.

The visitors, who have qualified for the final round of the Asian Youth Football Championship to be held in India at the end of the month, will bring out their top 20-player squad, including midfielders Naruphol Arromasawa and Sakarin Chayotha, who trained in England, along with Anawin Jujeen and striker Wisoot Bunpeng.

After the Thai team arrived in Da Nang on Monday, they had a training session at Chi Lang Stadium yesterday.

"We are so happy to play in a friendly match against Vietnamese youngsters, at the organising committee’s invitation," Thailand’s coach Payong Khunnan said at a press conference yesterday. "The match is actually very important for us in preparation for the Asian (Youth Championship) final round in India."

Last Sunday, Pomina Steel Tien Giang took their first championship after beating Hoang Anh Gia Lai 3-2 in the final.

According to a source from the Viet Nam Football Federation, a list of 15 top players from the National U21 Championship has been submitted to Austrian coach Alfred Riedl, who will select more players to compete on Viet Nam’s Olympic team for the qualifying round of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. — VNS

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