VOV.VN - U23 Vietnamese players will take on their Chinese opponents in the United Arab Emirates in March where the U23 Dubai Cup 2022 – an international friendly tournament- takes place.
According to the fixtures announced by the organizing board on March 1, Vietnam will play Iraq in their opening game on March 23, and then China three days later.
U22 Vietnam last faced U22 China in an international friendly in China in 2019 where the former coach by Park Hang-seo stunned the latter 2-0 with a brace from striker Nguyen Tien Linh.
At the U23 Dubai Cup 2022, 10 teams from Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Croatia, Japan, Qatar, Vietnam, China, Iraq and hosts the UAE will play in a round robin format. Matches will be held at the Sevens, Dubai Police and Dubai stadiums.
The Vietnamese team will most likely be led by new coach Gong Oh-kyun. Meanwhile, Park Hang-seo is preparing for the last two 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Oman on March 24 and Japan on March 29.
U23 Vietnamese players will be called up for training in the lead up to the friendly series. Some hopefuls who won the recent Southeast Asian U23 Championship in Cambodia will be added to the lineup.
After the tournament, U23 Vietnam will return for training in preparations for the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 2022).