Việt Nam gamers prepare in Phnom Penh for the AFF U23 Championship. Việt Nam are assured of getting sufficient gamers to complete the event. — Photograph of VFF
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam are nonetheless struggling the COVID curse after extra gamers examined on the AFF U23 Championship, however coach Đinh Thế Nam remains to be assured he’ll be capable of discipline a workforce for the semi-final in opposition to East Timor at this time.
Seven extra gamers examined constructive on Wednesday morning. They must re-test to substantiate their situation forward of the kick-off.
At present, Nam has solely 12 wholesome gamers together with one goalkeeper who can compete tonight on the Prince Stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
If they can not discover 13 gamers, the workforce may very well be kicked out of the event.
“We’re confronted with huge bother,” stated the coach.
“I misplaced extra gamers after beating Thailand. This morning, some extra gamers are constructive with COVID.
“However we encourage all of the workforce to maintain a constructive spirit and ensure we do our greatest in opposition to East Timor. We now have plans and can have sufficient gamers for this match.”
Việt Nam Soccer Federation (VFF) instantly despatched 4 extra gamers who glided by coach from Việt Nam to strengthen the squad.
It is going to be the second time the squad has been strengthened with gamers dispatched to make up the numbers. Earlier, six gamers joined the workforce forward of the Thailand match.
The 4 new gamers are goalkeeper Trần Liêm Điều of Nam Định, defenders Đoàn Anh Việt from Sài Gòn and Hồ Khắc Lương of Sông Lam Nghệ An and striker Võ Nguyên Hoàng from Phố Hiến.
“I’m shocked to have acquired the decision however it’s nice that I’ll have an opportunity to play for the workforce,” stated Hoàng.
The one goalkeeper out there for coaching was Đặng Tuấn Hưng. — Photograph of VFF
Nam congratulated his gamers after a tricky win over Thailand. His workforce additionally had sufficient gamers as regulated simply hours previous to the match. He stated his gamers who had been really U21s competed with sturdy thoughts and nice willpower.
He stated he couldn’t ask for extra from the workforce and he hoped the spirit would stay within the subsequent match, assured the brand new additions would rapidly combine with the entire workforce.
“East Timor has their very own taking part in model,” Nam stated.
“They’ve sturdy physique and free thoughts. I’ve watched them and noticed a number of gamers years in the past. I extremely charge this rival.”
Coach Fabio Marciel of East Timor stated he regretted that Việt Nam was strongly affected by COVID-19, including it was not excellent news for the match.
He stated he needed to win however win with a sporting spirit.
The Brazilian stated East Timor watched video games of Việt Nam, a title favorite with a wise attacking model and hoped Việt Nam could have sufficient gamers and compete nicely.
The match shall be dwell aired on VTV6 channel and broadcast on vov.vn from 7.30pm Hà Nội time. — VNS
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