Nam U21 to face Thai U20
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
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
"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
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