|Nguyễn Công Phượng. — Photo zing.vn|
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s coach Park Hang-seo yesterday announced the names of 23 players who will compete in the upcoming Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-23 Championship finals.The coach named three goalies, Đặng Ngọc Tuấn of SHB Đà Nẵng, Bùi Tiến Dũng of FLC Thanh Hóa and Nguyễn Văn Hoàng of Sài Gòn.
Besides, the South Korean coach also named seven defenders, including Đoàn Văn Hậu, Nguyễn Thành Chung of Hà Nội and Trần Đình Trọng of Sài Gòn; 11 midfielders, including Phạm Đức Huy of Hà Nội, Nguyễn Quang Hải and Trương Văn Thái Quý of Hà Nội; and only two strikers, namely Nguyễn Công Phượng of Hoàng Anh Gia Lai and Hà Đức Chinh of SHB Đà Nẵng.
Earlier, to prepare for the tournament, Việt Nam held a friendly match with Palestine in China on January 4 and the two teams tied 1-1.
Việt Nam are in Group D of the AFC event alongside Syria, Australia and South Korea.
The tournament will kick off on January 9. Việt Nam will first face South Korea, then meet Australia on January 14 and Syria on January 17.
For the Southeast Asian region, this is the second time Việt Nam and Thailand have been competing in the AFC U23 Championship’s final round. — VNS