On its website, the AFC described Hai as a creative player with a good sense for space who can make rare passes almost impossible by others. He was also hailed as a spotlight in Vietnam’s young and amazing team.
Hai was named the Most Valuable Player of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 for his significant contributions to the Vietnamese football squad’s victory at the tournament, and admired for the skills he performed with his left leg in free kicks and passes.
The Hanoi FC midfielder scored five goals, making considerable contributions to Vietnam’s march to the final of the Asian U23 football cup for the first time ever early this year.
The Asia’s top ten list also includes Turki Al Ammar of Saudi Arabia, Hwang In-beom of the Republic of Korea, Mohanad Ali of Iraq, Ritsu Doan of Japan, Bassam Hisham of Qata, Khalfan Mubarak of the UAE, Mahmoud Yousef of Palestine, Jaided Supachai of Thailand, and Dostonbek Khamdamov of Uzbekistan.
Vietnam held the Cup trophy again after 10 years by beating Malaysia 1-0 in the second-leg final of the tournament that took place at My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi, on December 15 night. The national team took the first champion title of the AFF Suzuki Cup in 2008, also at My Dinh Stadium.