Saigon FC to send players to compete in Japan

By Dang Khoa   February 3, 2021 | 11:15 am GMT+7
Saigon FC to send players to compete in Japan
Saigon FC's Japanese footballer Daisuke Matsui during a match with Song Lam Nghe An FC at Thong Nhat Stadium, HCMC, on January 30, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Dong.
Saigon FC will be sending local players to play for FC Ryukyu of Japan's second-tier league J2 starting this year.

Both sides officially confirmed their Asia Strategic Partnership Agreement on Tuesday.

According to the agreement, Saigon FC will be sending two local players to compete for Ryukyu FC this season. The club has not revealed the two players, but stated they could be from Saigon FC and from another local team.

They will get a competitive salary based on their contribution, and will be provided with accommodation and transportation.

The Vietnamese club affirmed the number of local players to play in Japan would increase every year, saying it could possibly send four or more players the following year.

Tran Hoa Binh, the new president of Saigon FC, enjoys strong ties with J-League clubs, which helped him bring over Japanese professionals and players from whom to learn.

The club already formed a strategic partnership with FC Tokyo playing in top-tier J1 League and recruited players and advisors from the Japanese league ahead of the 2021 V. League 1 season, including former assistant technical director of FC Tokyo Shimoda Masahiro as senior advisor, and 39-year-old midfielder Daisuke Matsui as new team captain.

With two wins and one loss, the club has pocked a total six points after the third round of 2021 V. League 1.

Saigon FC finished third in last season's V. League 1 with 34 points and will join runners-up Hanoi FC to represent Vietnam at AFC Cup this year.

 
 
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