Vietnamese gamers seen throughout their Spanish coaching course. Their Asian Cup event is affected after some gamers examined constructive for COVID-19. Picture courtesy of VFF
HÀ NỘI — A COVID-19 outbreak among the many Vietnamese girls’s’ crew is threatening their participation within the AFC Asian Girls’s Cup.
On January 16, yet one more participant examined constructive and has been remoted in a resort in Pune, India, host nation of the event.
The participant, whose identify has not been revealed, is the newest within the squad to check constructive after 13 gamers and two medical doctors
5 wholesome gamers are persevering with coaching underneath coach Mai Đức Chung and await different teammates who’re coming from Spain the place they practised and competed over the past three weeks.
Coach Mai Đức Chung (left),VFF official Trương Hải Tùng (second, proper) and VIetnamese gamers obtain welcome flowers from Consul Basic of Việt Nam in Mumbai Hoàng Tùng (second, left ) after they arrived in India on Sunday. Picture courtesy of VFF
In response to the event’s rules, a crew should have at the very least 18 gamers and most 23 gamers registered for a match. In any other case, they’d be kicked out of the occasion.
The Việt Nam Soccer Federation (VFF) is working onerous to verify Việt Nam’s participation.
VFF mentioned amongst 23 members nonetheless in Spain, some have unfavourable outcomes and are anticipated to reach in India on January 19. In the meantime the F0 gamers are in secure situations.
The nationwide soccer governing physique are additionally working on doc procedures to ship extra gamers from Việt Nam to India. Nevertheless, as a result of lack of flights, these gamers are capable of fly on January 20 and can nonetheless miss the primary match towards South Korea on January 21.
VFF mentioned they’d do greatest to seek out earlier flights for them.
Coach Chung hopes he would have at the very least 11 gamers for the primary match and would have additional plans primarily based on what develops.
“We mentioned about difficulties and positively that (the scarcity of participant) will strongly have an effect on our outcomes on the Asian Cup,” mentioned VFF Basic Secretary Lê Hoài Anh.
“However all of us do all the pieces to unravel the issue and hope that we’ll have sufficient gamers previous to first match towards South Korea,” he mentioned, including that AFC promised to have particular coverage to help Việt Nam on this powerful state of affairs.
Gamers left in Spain speak with their teammates in India. Picture display screen shot by VFF
In preparation for the Asian Cup which can be a 2023 World Cup qualifier, Vietnamese gamers went to practise and compete in Spain from December 26-January 15.
The primary participant was constructive with the COVID-19 was on January 11, a number of days after a match towards Cordoba FC.
The Asian Cup is scheduled on January 20 to February 6. Việt Nam are in Group C with South Korea, Japan and Myanmar. Matches are on January 21, 24 and 27, respectively.
Regardless of highly effective rivals, the Southeast Asian champion Việt Nam set a goal a spot on the 2023 World Cup for the primary time.
To make that purpose, they have to be in prime 5 on the Cup to qualify immediately for the World Cup through the knockout phases or being one among two groups qualify from the inter-confederation play-offs.
The Vietnamese crew is at the moment positioned thirty second on the FIFA rating and sixth within the Asian desk. VNS