|The men's football team of Kyrgyzstan (Photo: AFC)
The move comes after Le Hoai Anh, General Secretary of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF), stated that the federation has been seeking a team to replace Iraq following a cancelled friendly against the Middle Eastern side, with the Vietnamese team still keen to undergo the best preparations possible for the World Cup qualifiers.
The Iraq Football Association had suggested that the scheduled friendly between the two sides on March 26 be canceled due to fears surrounding the novel coronavirus epidemic, with the VFF agreeing to cancel the fixture.
Either the Go Dau stadium in Binh Duong province or the Thong Nhat stadium in Ho Chi Minh City will be chosen as the venue for the friendly match between Vietnam and Kyrgyzstan.
At present, the Vietnam squad plan to gather together on March 21 in the south of the country in order for the players to climatise themselves with the warmer weather conditions they will face during their vital qualifier against Malaysia.
With five matches of the current round of World Cup qualification already played, Vietnam are top of Group G with 11 points, followed by Malaysia, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and Indonesia. Malaysia are in second place, trailing Vietnam by just two points.
In their respective qualifying group, Kyrgyzstan are currently second in Group F with seven points, five points behind group-leaders Japan. They are scheduled to face Myanmar away from home in their next World Cup qualifier on March 31.