Prime Minister: Football inspires patriotism, national pride

Friday, 2018-12-21 22:01:16
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PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (second from left) presents the first-class Labour Order to the Vietnam national football team. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)
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NDO/VNA – Football has inspired patriotism and national pride, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said on December 21 when hosting the national football team and head coach Park Hang-seo who have just won the trophy of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup 2018.

PM Phuc praised head coach Park, other coaches of the national squad, and especially the players for their efforts to bring home the victory.

Park expressed his thanks for the great encouragement and support from the Government leader and Vietnamese people, stating that the triumph belongs to not only the team but also all Vietnamese people.

The AFF championship title is an important milestone, he said, adding that he and the whole team are eyeing a higher target of becoming the Asian champions. “I and my players will try our best to achieve this target,” Park stressed.

The PM stated that high hopes have been pinned on the national football team as well as the development of Vietnamese football.

He asked the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to direct the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) to make necessary preparations in terms of policies for the head coach and players so that they could have better performances in the following tournaments.

The General Department of Sports and Physical Training was requested to consider a legal framework for the development of sports in general and football in particular.

PM Phuc grants the Friendship Order to head coach Park Hang-seo. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)

On this occasion, PM Phuc granted the Friendship Order to head coach Park Hang-seo and the first-class Labour Order to the national football team.

Nguyen Quang Hai, the Most Valuable Player of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018, received the second-class Labour Order, while 15 other members of the team were presented with third-class Labour Orders.

PM Phuc presents the second-class Labour Order to forward Nguyen Quang Hai. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)

The PM also bestowed certificates of merit on 17 members of the team in recognition of their contributions to the victory.

At the event, Do Quang Hien, Chairman of T&T Group, announced a bonus of VND3 billion (US$128,700) for members of the national football team.

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