Striker Phạm Hải Yến expects Việt Nam to advance to the World Cup for the primary time. — Photograph of the-afc.com
HÀ NỘI — That is Phạm Hải Yến third try at serving to Việt Nam safe a spot on the World Cup, and the 27-year-old striker is not able to let go of her dream simply but.
Việt Nam are in the identical group as highly effective rivals South Korea, Japan and Myanmar in the Indian AFC Girls’s Asian Cup, the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Incomes factors towards high groups has been a tricky job for Việt Nam. A 3-0 loss to South Korea on Friday makes their job even tougher. But it surely has not discouraged the 27-year-old participant.
“There isn’t any street that’s too straightforward or too troublesome to go for individuals. Let’s strive our greatest, then someday we’ll obtain candy outcomes which aren’t for many who hand over early,” mentioned Yến referring to Việt Nam’s journey to search out their first World Cup participation ever.
On Friday, Việt Nam spent a lot of the match in their very own half. Yến had a possibility to attain within the thirty eighth minute, however whereas Chương Thị Kiều was in a position to pick her from the ocean of gamers from a free-kick, she did not preserve her header down.
Phạm Hải Yến (proper) will get the ball away towards South Korea throughout the Girls’s Asian Cup in India. — Photograph the-afc.com
Yến is heading to the subsequent match towards Japan to point out off her abilities that helped her hit eight targets in two appearances that powered Việt Nam to a spot within the Indian occasion. She completed as main scorer and one of many six greatest gamers within the preliminaries.
“In fact, the Girls’s Asian Cup is a take a look at for us,” the dynamic ahead mentioned. “My targets for this marketing campaign are easy: attempt to assist my staff win video games to qualify for the World Cup for the primary time.
“I feel the possibilities for the contenders have been elevated, and that features us. Due to this fact, I’ll strive my greatest to make it with my staff. The World Cup is each participant’s dream and all I need is to grasp it,” she mentioned.
Born in Hà Nội in 1994, Yến was the naughty woman of the household and cherished to play soccer with boys within the village.
“Soccer is attention-grabbing and enjoyable. It was so cool enjoying the sport, despite the fact that I used to be the one woman within the match,” mentioned Yến.
She determined to develop into an expert footballer after watching Việt Nam on the 2003 Southeast Asian (SEA) Video games in Hà Nội. The staff received silver and Yến was impressed. She needed to have nice abilities like gifted striker Phạm Văn Quyến who scored 4 targets.
There was no straightforward path to success. In her 13 years enjoying soccer, Yến tasted ups and downs in her profession. One time, she even needed to stop.
Nonetheless, she got here again and was the Nationwide Girls’s Soccer Championship’s high scorer 4 instances, in 2015, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Internationally, Yến has scored 30 targets from 44 nationwide caps throughout 11 years. She received an AFF Cup bronze in 2011, gold in 2019 and two SEA Video games titles in 2017 and 2019.
Phạm Hải Yến coaching in Hà Nội for the Asian Cup. — Photograph soha.vn
She mentioned the tournament-winning purpose she scored towards Thailand within the closing of the 2019 SEA Video games was her most memorable one. The 2 sides have been locked at 0-0 after 90 minutes, however two minutes into additional time, Yến headed in a free-kick to seal the victory for Việt Nam.
“I used to be so joyful to attain the one purpose within the closing. Not many gamers may have such an opportunity to attain a decisive profitable purpose. I caught that incredible second and we received the trophy which is a milestone second in my profession,” mentioned Yến.
Yến was a member of Việt Nam’s 2015 and 2019 World Cup journey’s, although each have been unsuccessful. She additionally missed her probability to compete overseas following a suggestion from Portuguese Lank FC due to a doc difficulty in 2020.
“I’m joyful as I can dwell and play with my ardour. My household and coaches have given me huge assist over all these years. I feel I owe them for my success. I ought to do higher to dwell as much as the expectations,” mentioned Yến. — VNS