Vietnam to play at their highest at important AFF Women's Championship - coach Chung

Thursday, 2019-08-15 09:49:03
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Vietnam’s manager Mai Duc Chung (far right) shakes hands with the coaches of the other Group B teams at a press brief on August 14. (Photo: Vietnam Football Federation)
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NDO – Vietnam will enter the 2019 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Women's Championship with the highest determination, Vietnamese manager Mai Duc Chung has said.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the tournament opener in Chonburi, Thailand, on August 14, Chung said that the AFF Women's Championship is always an important regional playground for the Vietnamese women's team. He also expressed his sincere thanks to the AFF for regularly hosting the tournament, which is good for the development of women's football in the region.

“The Vietnamese women's team had a training tour in Japan and my players are now very excited to enter the tournament,” Chung said, adding that Myanmar, Indonesia and Thailand are always strong rivals and Vietnam would respect any opponents, while playing each match with caution.

On August 16, Vietnam will play their opening match against Cambodia on the first matchday of Group B, which consists of Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam. Group A features Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Timor-Leste and defending champions Thailand. The tournament takes place from August 15-27 in Chonburi, Thailand.

Vietnam women’s team have their first training session at the IPE Chonburi Stadium ahead of their Group B opener, Chonburi, Thailand, August 14. (Photo: Vietnam Football Federation)

On Wednesday afternoon, the Vietnamese women's team had their first training session at the IPE Chonburi Stadium, the main venue for the competition.

Located on the Institute of Physical Education Chonburi Campus, the stadium has large scale seating and well-evaluated grass. It is about 45 minutes by bus from the hotel where the Vietnamese women's team are stationed.

Within about 1 hour of familiarising with the main stadium, coach Chung enlisted his players to move around the field, then divided the team to compete for 30 minutes. The weather in Chonburi is quite hot, but is similar to Hanoi, so the Vietnamese female players have adapted quite quickly and are in stable form.

On August 15, Chung and his team continued to practice right at their hotel ground in the morning, with the next training session on the grass scheduled for the afternoon. At 6pm (local time) on Friday, the Vietnamese women's team will play their opener against the Cambodians. They will then face Indonesia on August 18 and will play Myanmar two days later in their last group stage match.