|The Vietnamese women’s football team landed in Australia on March 3.
Head coach Mai Duc Chung described the Australian side as very strong opponents due to their position as seventh in the world rankings, whilst each member of their squad is talented both physically and technically. As a result, the Vietnamese team will have to undergo thorough preparations and put in maximum effort if they have any hope of gaining something from the tie.
As team captain, Huynh Nhu noted that the Vietnamese side are anticipating a challenging fixture, with each member of the team heading to Australia with high determination and a positive mindset about achieving a good result.
March 2 saw head coach Mai Duc Chung name a 19-strong side for the women’s national team ahead of their match with Australia in the AFC Women's Olympic Qualification Tournament play-off.
Some of the notable players to miss out include Lai Thi Tuyet who is suffering an injury, along with pair Bui Thi Trang and Tran Thi Thu Thao who are suspended.
The McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle will host the first leg at 2:30pm on March 6, with the second leg scheduled to take place at the Cam Pha Stadium in the northern province of Quang Ninh at 6pm on March 11.
During the third qualification round Vietnam finished second in Group A, whilst Australia who topped Group B.
Vietnam are currently ranked 32nd in the world and sixth in Asia, although they have never made it to a World Cup or Olympics. In contrast, Australia are seventh in the world and are top of the continental rankings. In addition, they have taken part in seven out of the last eight World Cups and even advanced to the quarter-final stage in 2007, 2011, and 2015.