Vietnamese gamers and employees have a good time their 2-1 victory and qualification for the FIFA Ladies’s World Cup, after beating Chinese language Taipei within the AFC Ladies’s Asian Cup fifth-place play-offs at DY Patil Stadium on Sunday in Navi Mumbai, India. AFP/VNA Picture
HÀ NỘI — Eight years in the past, Chương Thị Kiều was 18 and her teammate Nguyễn Thị Tuyết Dung was 20. They have been each a part of the Việt Nam squad which have been on the verge of qualifying for the 2015 World Cup.
Dung scored a aim however their dream collapsed after a 2-1 loss to Thailand in a playoff match at Mỹ Đình Stadium.
On Sunday, towards Chinese language Taipei within the playoffs, Dung related a nook with Kiều, and the ethnic Khmer defender nodded the ball dwelling to open the scoring.
Later, a shot by Nguyễn Thị Bích Thùy put Việt Nam 2-1 forward, securing them a spot on the 2023 World Cup, hosted by Australia and New Zealand subsequent summer season.
Việt Nam are the sixth consultant from Asia on the largest footballing occasion on the earth.
Nevertheless, to make their dream true, the Golden Star Warriors needed to overcome challenges and adversity.
Coach Mai Đức Chung and his workforce superior to the AFC Ladies’s Asian Cup, a World Cup qualifier, because the winner of Group B after thrashing the Maldives 16-0 and Tajikistan 7-0.
An even bigger problem awaited them as they have been drawn in the identical group as world powerhouses Japan and South Korea, together with archrival Myanmar.
Coach Chung and his captain Cù Thị Huỳnh Như couldn’t cover their disappointment; Chung shook his head and frowned whereas Như posted a standing, writing: “Cannot say something!”.
Nevertheless, they put apart their disappointment and set concerning the activity forward.
First, they flew to Spain for an intensive coaching camp. The gamers’ physique, stamina and ways improved and the workforce carried out nicely in friendlies towards native golf equipment.
Nevertheless, COVID-19 threw a spanner within the works in the direction of the tip of their keep in Spain.
At first, solely six gamers might fly to India for the event. The remaining have been left in Spain on account of testing constructive, complicating preparations for the event.
Chung was fearful that he wouldn’t have sufficient gamers match for the primary match.
Many plans have been mentioned, together with bolstering the squad with gamers that weren’t initially concerned, to make it possible for Việt Nam might area not less than 13 gamers come match day to keep away from forfeiting the consequence.
Thankfully, simply sooner or later previous to their first match, extra gamers have been cleared to journey. The squad solely had sooner or later to coach collectively earlier than dealing with South Korea.
Maybe unsurprisingly, dropping 3-0 to each South Korea and Japan was thought of a suitable consequence. Việt Nam got here from behind to attract Myanmar 2-2, to safe their goal of third place and qualification.
Within the quarter-finals, Việt Nam scored first however misplaced 3-1 to China, who went on to take the championship title. Việt Nam have been out of the event however joined the playoffs with Thailand and Chinese language Taipei to seize an automated slot to World Cup.
Beating them 2-0 and 2-1, respectively, put Chung and his gamers on cloud 9.
Sturdy iron thoughts
“My gamers overcome a scarcity of apparatus in coaching and met many difficulties in each day life to take care of their soccer ardour. We’ve got been acquainted with challenges, in any other case, we might have given up at first,” stated Chung, highlighting the willpower and iron spirit of his gamers.
“I’m so happy with my gamers. They’ve achieved nicely for themselves. They’ve labored so onerous, particularly at the moment to earn the victory. We accomplished our promise to our supporters. It’s simply an incredible consequence. It might have been even higher, if it wasn’t for COVID-19.
“Nevertheless, it’s a very good finish to our marketing campaign right here. This achievement wouldn’t have been attainable with out the dedication and motivation of all of the employees and gamers. We needed to take it one step at a time. We began the marketing campaign gradual, however the final two matches have been good for us.
“Now, we’re wanting ahead to making ready for the World Cup. My gamers and I are extraordinarily blissful.”
Captain Huỳnh Như controls the ball whereas below stress from Wu Kai-Ching of Chinese language Taipei. — AFP/VNA Picture
Captain Như advised the media that once they have a full squad, the workforce performs the very best.
“It’s an unimaginable feeling. It was an amazing effort from the entire workforce. We don’t quit for any cause until the ultimate whistle blew,” stated Như.
“The World Cup ticket isn’t solely my private satisfaction however the entire workforce and nation. We’ve got not loved a World Cup earlier than however now we made it.
“I wish to say ‘thanks’ to my coaches, teammates and particularly my supporters who watched and inspired us in each competitors,” stated Như.
Việt Nam’s success was congratulated internationally.
On their web site, the AFC wrote: “Việt Nam’s zealous momentum via the match seal their win within the last playoff and earn their automated qualification to the FIFA World Cup.”
In the meantime, FIFA made a headline ‘World Cup first for jubilant Việt Nam’ for his or her article through which it wrote: “Việt Nam have certified for his or her first FIFA Ladies’s World Cup after turning into the fifth and last workforce to e book their ticket to Australia & New Zealand 2023 via the AFC Ladies’s Asian Cup. Victories over Thailand and Chinese language Taipei secured play-off success”.
SEA Video games subsequent
After the workforce’s win, Chung and his workforce obtained complimentary phrases from President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính.
President Phúc appreciated their World Cup berth and stated the workforce deserved to have such achievements, which resulted from their robust effort and Vietnamese spirit.
In the meantime, PM Chính expressed his happiness and hoped to satisfy the entire workforce after they’re again in Việt Nam on February 10.
PM Chính would current a bonus of VNĐ4 billion (US$177,000) from a socialisation fund to the workforce, who’ve obtained as much as VNĐ10 billion ($443,000) thus far.
As deliberate, gamers will collect collectively subsequent March to arrange to defend their title on the thirty first SEA Video games in Might in Hà Nội.
Ladies’s soccer will start on Might 11 and shut on Might 21 in Quảng Ninh Province.
Việt Nam, the Southeast Asian champion, have gained 9 SEA Video games titles in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2017 and 2019. VNS