Coach Park summons 30 players for Vietnam U22s in preparation for SEA Games

Friday, 2019-09-20 16:25:21
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Vietnam U22s will play a friendly against strong opponents UAE U22s during the upcoming two short get togethers in preparation for the 2019 SEA Games. (Photo: Vietnam Football Federation)
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NDO – Coach Park Hang-seo on September 20 announced a list of 30 players for the national U22 team to be convened in the upcoming gatherings in September and October, preparing for a friendly with UAE U22s and the most importantly the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the Philippines later this year.

Besides the senior team on preparing for the matches against Malaysia and Indonesia next month in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Vietnam U22s will also have two short summons in Hanoi from September 23 to October 9 and in Ho Chi Minh City from October 10 to 16, with the target of winning the SEA Games gold medal for the first time at the Philippines event.

As the V.League 2 will wrap up this weekend, the Korean strategist is able to summon all the most outstanding faces playing in the second tier professional league. Therefore, the impressive players from newly-crowned champions Hong Linh Ha Tinh or runners-up Pho Hien have been named in Park’s list, including promising overseas Vietnamese player Martin Lo.

The list also features Midfielder Hoang Duc and striker Tien Linh also, who had their slots in the senior squad before returning to the U22 team to beat Chinese rivals 2-0 in a friendly early this month.

Vietnam U22s will gather right after the final 22nd matchday of the V.League 2 ends on Sunday. During the upcoming training camps, Park’s side will have a friendly with UAE U22s at Thong Nhat Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City on October 13. Regarded as a quality team, playing UAE promises to bring valuable experiences for Vietnamese young players, as UAE U22+2 team beat Park’s side in the penalty shoot-out during the bronze medal match at last year’s Asian Games.

Previously, Vietnam U22s had seven short-term training camps. Despite not gathering the best players as star men Quang Hai, Van Hau, Dinh Trong and Thanh Chung have played for the senior team, the U22 squad still gained good results with two 2-0 wins during the last two friendly matches with Myanmar U22s and China U22s.

In their final time together before the 2019 SEA Games, Vietnam U22s are expected to play two matches in the friendly tournament Binh Duong Television (BTV) Cup 2019, scheduled to take place on November 3 and 6, before leaving for the Philippines on November 20. Currently, the BTV Cup organisers are inviting guests to attend the tournament.

At the 30th SEA Games, Vietnam U22s are allowed to add a maximum of two players over the age of 22, so Park will have more choices to strengthen his squad. In addition to the task of winning the SEA Games gold medal, the U22 team will attend the 2020 AFC U23 Championship in Thailand next January as last year’s runners-up.

The 30-man list of Vietnam U22 squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Bui Tien Dung (Hanoi FC), Phan Van Bieu (SHB Da Nang), Nguyen Van Toan (Hai Phong), Phan Minh Thanh (Quang Ninh Coal)

Defenders: Ho Tan Tai (Becamex Binh Duong), Duong Van Trung (Binh Phuoc), Do Thanh Thinh (SHB Da Nang), Dung Quang Nho (Hoang Anh Gia Lai), Nguyen Van Hanh (Hai Phong), Huynh Tan Sinh (Quang Nam), Nguyen Duc Chien (Viettel), Bui Hoang Viet Anh (Hong Linh Ha Tinh), Le Ngoc Bao (Pho Hien)

Midfielders: Bui Tien Dung (SHB Da Nang), Trieu Viet Hung, Phan Thanh Hau (Hoang Anh Gia Lai), Nguyen Huu Thang (Hue), Nguyen Dinh Manh, Mai Xuan Quyet (Nam Ha Nam Dinh), Nguyen Trong Dai, Nguyen Hoang Duc (Viettel), Martin Lo (Pho Hien), Truong Van Thai Quy (Hanoi FC)

Forwards: Nguyen Tien Linh (Becamex Binh Duong), Ha Duc Chinh (SHB Da Nang), Ngo Hong Phuoc (An Giang), Nguyen Trong Hung (Thanh Hoa), Nham Manh Dung (Viettel), Pham Tuan Hai (Hong Linh Ha Tinh), Huynh Tien Dat (Pho Hien)