|Vietnamese fans ready to support the national team in Malaysia. – Photo laodong.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Despite rain and cold weather, thousands of Vietnamese fans travelled to the country’s airports early this morning to support the Vietnamese team in the upcoming first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup final against Malaysia this evening, according to statistics of tourist agencies.
In Hà Nội’s Nội Bài International Airport alone, there were three flights to Kuala Lumpur run by national carrier Vietnam Airlines (VNA).
Trương Thị Thơm, head of the supporting team of tour company Esperantour, said there are around 100 fans in her group, including many living outside Hà Nội.
“My team will cheer the Vietnamese squad wholeheartedly,” said Thơm. “We believe Việt Nam will have a win.”
To prepare for the upcoming game, VNA added six extra flights from Hà Nội, HCM City and Đà Nẵng to Kuala Lumpur.
The airline has run 17 flights with more than 3,000 seats to serve fans going to Malaysia.
Earlier, VNA ran direct flights from HCM City and Hà Nội to Bacolod, the Philippines to serve fans travelling for Việt Nam’s semi-final match there. The direct route took only three and a half hours instead of the usual 20 hours.
VNA plans to use a modern Airbus A350-900 plane to bring the Vietnamese footballers from Malaysia to Hà Nội on December 12.
The first leg will take place today at Bukit Jalil stadium at 7:45pm Hà Nội time. — VNS
|Nguyễn Trí Nghĩa, a student of Olympia School, heading to Kuala Lumpur with his mother to support Việt Nam. – Photo laodong.vn|
|A monk of Đan Phượng Pagoda will encourage Việt Nam in Kuala Lumpur. – Photo laodong.vn|
|Fans with their tools to cheer on Việt Nam’s team. – Photo laodong.vn|
|Putting on makeup in the early morning before flying to Kuala Lumpur. – Photo laodong.vn |
|Putting on makeup together. – Photo laodong.vn |
|Many supporting teams convened between 3:00 and 4:00 in the morning to prepare for the trip to Malaysia. – Photo laodong.vn |
|VNA’s general director Dương Trí Thành and newly appointed chairman of the Việt Nam Football Federation Lê Khánh Hải pose with supporters from HanoiRedtours. — VNA/VNS Photo|
|Vietnamese fans eager to leave for Malaysia. — VNA/VNS Photo|