Coach Park Hang-seo shortlists Vietnam squad for 2020 AFC U23 Championship

Vietnam head coach Park Hang-seo on December 29 announced a 25-man squad in preparation for the upcoming 2020 AFC U23 Championship in Thailand, according to the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF).

Coach Park Hang-seo and his Vietnam U23 side have set a goal of finishing in the top three teams at the 2020 AFC U23 Championship.
Coach Park Hang-seo and his Vietnam U23 side have set a goal of finishing in the top three teams at the 2020 AFC U23 Championship.

The list features many popular names from the national and U22 teams, including Nguyen Quang Hai, Ha Duc Chinh, Nguyen Tien Linh and Nguyen Thanh Chung.

Viettel FC contribute the most players (6), followed by V.League champions Hanoi FC (5), Hoang Anh Gia Lai (3) and SHB Da Nang (3).

Three players had to bid farewell to Vietnam’s U23 team, namely Nguyen Hung Thien Duc, Dung Van Nho and Dang Van Toi.

On January 1, 2020, Park’s troops will depart for Thailand to familiarise themselves with the accommodation, weather and training conditions, with the aim of completing their last-minute preparations for the tournament.

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Vietnam U23s players in action during a training session. (Photo: VFF)

Shortly before commencing their AFC campaign, Vietnam U23s will play one last friendly match, against Bahrain U23s, in Bangkok on January 3. After the clash, the Republic of Korea tactician will evaluate the players and decide on the final 23-man squad for the AFC U23 Championship.

As scheduled, Park’s side will play their first two Group D matches in Buriram, against the United Arab Emirates (January 10) and Jordan (January 13), and will then travel to Bangkok for their last group fixture, against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, on January 16.

Vietnam U23s have set a goal of making the last three in the continental championship to book a place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Vietnam’s 25-man squad for 2020 AFC U23 Championship:

Goalkeepers (3): Y Eli Nie (Dak Lak FC), Nguyen Van Toan (Hai Phong FC), Bui Tien Dung (Ho Chi Minh City)

Defenders (8): Nguyen Thanh Chung (Hanoi FC), Tran Dinh Trong (Hanoi FC), Bui Hoang Viet Anh (Hanoi FC), Bui Tien Dung (SHB Da Nang), Ho Tan Tai (Becamex Binh Duong), Nguyen Duc Chien (Viettel FC), Le Ngoc Bao (Pho Hien FC), Huynh Tan Sinh (Quang Nam FC)

Midfielders (8): Truong Van Thai Quy (Hanoi FC), Nguyen Quang Hai (Hanoi FC), Do Thanh Thinh (SHB Da Nang), Tran Thanh Son (Hoang Anh Gia Lai), Trieu Viet Hung (Hoang Anh Gia Lai), Nguyen Trong Dai (Viettel), Nguyen Hoang Duc (Viettel), Nguyen Huu Thang (Viettel)

Forwards (6): Nguyen Trong Hung (Thanh Hoa FC), Ha Duc Chinh (SHB Da Nang), Nguyen Tien Linh (Becamex Binh Duong), Tran Bao Toan (Hoang Anh Gia Lai), Nham Manh Dung (Viettel), Tran Danh Trung (Viettel)

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