VOV.VN - The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has named Vietnamese striker Huynh Nhu among the six leading Asian stars who are poised to have a huge impact at the upcoming 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
“The 30-year-old Huynh Nhu has been a national team regular since 2011 and the forward's goals have powered Vietnam from one success to another,” the AFC wrote.
“The FIFA Women's World Cup, however, will be a challenge at a different level altogether and Vietnam will need the talismanic Huynh Nhu to be at her best to power them in Australia/New Zealand 2023,” it added.
Huynh Nhu is widely regarded as one of the country’s most outstanding footballers, with her achievements including winning the Golden Ball award four times, helping the national women’s football team bag gold medals at the SEA Games in 2017, 2019, and 2021, as well as lifting the 2019 AFF Cup.
So far, the female player has scored a total of 59 goals for the national women’s football team.
In addition, Sarina Bolden of the Philippines has also been named among the list.
The Philippines are set to make their debut at the finals of the FIFA Women's World Cup, with Bolden set to be a key feature of the squad.
According to the AFC, the 26-year-old midfielder has been an integral part of the Philippines' rise to prominence, scoring the winning penalty that took them past Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals of the 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup in India, a result which sealed their historical place at the upcoming FIFA Women's World Cup.
Furthermore, Australia, China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea each have one representative on the list.
The ninth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023 will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand, marking the first time that the quadrennial world championship for women’s football will have two host nations.
The 2023 version of the tournament will see the Women's World Cup expanded from 24 to 32 teams and is scheduled to take place from July 20 to August 20 next year.
The United States go into the competition as the defending champions, having won the previous two tournaments in 2015 and 2019.