Vietnamese gamers practice in India. They may play Japan within the second Group C match on Monday. — Photograph courtesy of VFF
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam will probably be strengthened for his or her subsequent match towards defending champion Japan on the AFC Ladies’s Cup after two extra gamers returned to coaching following destructive COVID-19 assessments.
The gamers, who haven’t been named, flew from Spain to hitch the squad in Pune Metropolis, India.
Thus far, just one participant and one official stay in Spain due to COVID-19 and three gamers in India are nonetheless optimistic with the coronavirus.
Việt Nam sit third in Group C after shedding 3-0 to South Korea of their opening match final Friday.
The Koreans went forward with two targets within the first seven minutes earlier than confirming the three factors with an 81st minute penalty on the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports activities Complicated.
Nevertheless, head coach Mai Đức Chung was happy along with his facet’s show of tenacity, regardless of the group’s troubles with COVID-19, which noticed six gamers unable to play within the opening sport.
“We’ve not had coaching for almost 10 days and had just one evening practising collectively on the stadium on account of COVID-19, which affected us,” stated Chung.
The 71-year-old coach got here to India with solely six gamers after the remainder of 17 had been left in Spain, the place that they had a three-week coaching camp, as a result of they had been COVID-19 victims. Days later, two amongst six had been additionally optimistic and the group had been threatened to be kicked out of the match due to the shortage of minimal gamers required.
Happily, 13 had been destructive and landed in India at some point previous to the primary match.
“From the primary minute, our gamers had been just a little bit confused, however I’m nonetheless joyful that they performed with excessive spirits. It’s Vietnamese spirit which will certainly contribute to the success of the match.
“I believed we’d have conceded extra targets however we did not. I encourage my gamers in the course of the interval, asking them to compete like they educated. Within the second half, they performed very well. I’m glad with our gamers’ efficiency.
“The third purpose from a penalty was a giant choice of the referee. My defender didn’t intend to deal with the ball. However that is soccer, we now have to just accept it and concentrate on the subsequent sport.”
Việt Nam are decided to play their greatest on the Asian Cup and hope to qualify for the primary World Cup ever. — Photograph courtesy of VFF
Captain Huỳnh Như added: “We had been nonetheless happy with our efficiency. Việt Nam group will all the time play with robust spirit and by no means give-up”.
Việt Nam play group chief Japan subsequent on Monday whereas South Korea face bottom-placed Myanmar.
“Watching Japan beating Myanmar 5-0, I discovered that Japanese gamers are in identical prime quality when it comes to method and techniques. I admire the standard of this Japan group,” stated Chung.
“Nevertheless, the larger problem, the higher effort we make. We have now two days relaxation to organize for the match and my gamers are again in motion after COVID-19, then I’ve extra alternative for the sport.” — VNS