Vietnam’s women’s football team start hunt for 2020 Olympic berth

Tuesday, 2019-04-02 12:48:17
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Coach Mai Duc Chung and his players are now ready for the second round of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Asian qualifiers.
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NDO – The Vietnam women’s national football team, coached by Mai Duc Chung, have arrived in Uzbekistan in preparation for the second round of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Asian qualifiers.

The round-robin tournament, held between April 1 and 9, brings together 12 teams, in three groups of four. The three group winners will advance to the third round, together with Australia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea, China and Thailand, who have already qualified.

The third round, slated for early next year, will see the eight participants play in a round-robin format in two groups, with the top two teams from each group qualifying for the final round of the Asian qualifiers.

The two final round winners will join Japan as the AFC representatives at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Vietnam's women's team have been placed in Group B in the second round of the 2020 Olympic AFC qualifiers.

In the second round, Vietnamese women have been placed in Group B alongside Jordan, Hong Kong (China) and Uzbekistan. The group matches will be held in the Uzbek capital city, Tashkent, with the Vietnamese team playing their opener against hosts Uzbekistan on April 3.

Previously, Vietnam once progressed into the final round of the 2016 Olympic AFC qualifiers for the first time after three wins, over Myanmar, Jordan and Thailand, and one loss, against Chinese Taipei, in the second round.

However, facing five tough competitors, namely China, Japan, the RoK, Australia and the DPRK, Mai Duc Chung’s side missed out on a ticket to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.