HANOI (Vietnam Information/Asia Information Community): After serving to the Vietnamese girls’s soccer workforce qualify for his or her first-ever World Cup, Mai Đức Chung has turn out to be South-East Asia’s most profitable coach prior to now decade.
On Sunday, Chung, who’s 71 years previous, guided Vietnam to fifth place within the AFC Ladies’s Asian Cup, making certain qualification for the FIFA Ladies’s World Cup in July 2023, which shall be held in Australia and New Zealand.
Vietnam, who beat Chinese language Taipei 2-1 within the playoffs, are the sixth Asian consultant on the competitors.
Vietnam, below Chinese language coach Chen Yun Fa, beforehand got here near qualification to the 2015 match, earlier than dropping 2-1 to Thailand within the playoffs.
Chung, who has been out and in of the worldwide set-up a number of instances, led the Vietnamese girls’s workforce to the highest 4 of the Asian Video games in 2014. He additionally received 4 South-East Asian (SEA) Video games gold medals, in 2003, 2005, 2017 and 2019. His newest title got here within the AFF Cup in 2019.
Chung was voted Asean’s Greatest Ladies’s Soccer Crew Coach in 2017.
In his teaching profession, Chung additionally labored with males’s membership and nationwide squads.
He managed completely different golf equipment within the V-League 1 however his spotlight was when he drove the four-time champions Becamex Bình Dương to the semi-finals of the 2009 AFC Cup. It was the very best end result for a Vietnamese membership at the moment.
Chung was additionally momentary coach of the lads’s nationwide squad twice, the final time in October 2017, earlier than South Korean coach Park Hold-seo took over. In 2008, he pushed the U22 workforce to the highest podium of the Merdeka Cup in Malaysia.
By means of greater than 20 years of teaching, Chung has spent most of his time with girls groups.
He has obtained love and respect from athletes throughout generations, who affectionately name him ‘daddy Chung’.
In interviews with reporters, defender Chương Thị Kiều, midfielder Nguyễn Thị Bích Thùy and captain Huỳnh Như all mentioned “thanks” to their “daddy”. It’s because Chung has made a giant affect on their careers, and in addition cares about their life outdoors soccer.
“We don’t name him uncle Chung or coach Chung. He’s our relative, a father to our large household,” 2015 Golden Ball winner Nguyễn Minh Nguyệt mentioned.
“He loves us. He’s all the time light with us and encourages us on a regular basis. He understands our difficulties and girls’s soccer challenges. He unites us and pushes us to work and play exhausting,” mentioned Nguyệt.
“He’s a part of purpose resulting in the success of girls’s soccer of Vietnam together with in the present day’s achievement.”
Chung all the time prepares the gear for gamers earlier than coaching, and he pays particular consideration to the meals and restoration of his ‘daughters’.
Chatting with reporters, Chung confirmed his love for his workforce and mentioned: “I’ve no different goals than my gamers happiness, that they’ll take pleasure in lives with their households.”
“Taking part in soccer, they should sacrifice many issues however after retirement, a lot of them couldn’t stay an ordinary life. I hope that sponsors and enterprises care extra about them, and their lives shall be higher,” mentioned Chung, who plans to depart the workforce by the top of this yr.
Information that Chung is not going to handle the workforce on the coming World Cup has made headlines in latest two days.
The Hanoian coach revealed that he was previous and desires the Vietnam Soccer Federation to search out one other coach for the workforce for the Australia/New Zealand occasion.
“I’ll introduce somebody, possibly a foreigner. If VFF nonetheless wants me, I’ll be part of as an adviser,” Chung was quoted as saying on Vietnamplus.vn.
In response, VFF officers mentioned they haven’t heard something from Chung, and mentioned that his contract runs till the top of 2022.
“When Chung and the workforce return house, we should meet and speak with him. Chung has contributed loads to Vietnam’s World Cup ticket and the event and success of girls’s soccer. We actually admire him,” VFF Normal Secretary Lê Hoài Anh mentioned.
VFF Vice President Cao Văn Chóng mentioned: “We are going to take heed to him, respect his opinions and talk about with him about plans and orientation for the workforce. His contract remains to be legitimate and we now have heavy work to do, particularly to arrange for the approaching SEA Video games.”
Chung additionally confirmed his subsequent job is to enhance his workforce for coming methods.
In 2022, Vietnam will defend their titles within the SEA Video games in Might and the AFF Cup with time to be confirmed later; and can compete on the Asian Video games in September in China.