The statement was made during a meeting which took place in Hanoi on May 22 between Minister Thien and head coaches of both the national men’s and women’s football teams, with discussions held regarding future plans for both sides.
Representing the national men’s football team, head coach Park Hang-seo detailed how his squad will gather together from August 30 to September 6, and again from September 30 to October 14 in preparation for their World Cup 2022 qualification tie against Malaysia.
The match is a crucial game in the Vietnamese side’s campaign as they aim to maintain their spot at the top of the group and progress to the final qualifying round.
Following this, the men’s team will meet twice ahead of World Cup qualifiers against Indonesia and the UAE in October and November. Both meetings will also serve as preparation for the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 later this year, Hang-seo added.
Minister Thien noted that various football events have been delayed due to effects of the novel coronavirus, therefore having an influence on the plans of the national team. Moreover, the delays do have the added benefit of giving valuable recovery time to footballers Quang Hai, Dinh Trong, and Duy Manh who have been overloaded with matches for the past two years.
The Minister expressed his hope that the VFF will work closely with football clubs nationwide to nurture young talent and prepare players for future international tournaments.
In addition, Minister Thien also urged the VFF to pay close attention to the health, fitness, and nutrition of the national team’s players as they compete in both World Cup qualification and in the AFF Cup later this year.
With regard to the national women’s football team, Minister Thien added that head coach Mai Duc Chung and his players will continue to receive plenty of attention as they aim to bring further glory to the nation.