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Vietnam selects 23-member AFF U22 squad

By Hoang Nguyen   February 15, 2019 | 06:00 pm PT
Vietnam selects 23-member AFF U22 squad
Vietnam U22 team enter a friendly match with South Korean's Ulsan Huyndai FC in Hanoi on January 26, 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa
The team will go to Cambodia to compete in the AFF U22 Championship next week.

Vietnam’s squad for the February 17-26 championship to be held in Phnom Penh leaves out national team players like Nguyen Quang Hai and Doan Van Hau, although they are still eligible in terms of age.

The team mainly consists of players from the U19 team that competed in the U19 Asian Cup in 2018, where they didn’t make it through the group stage.

Notable players in the squad include midfielder Bui Tien Dung, who played for Vietnam at the AFC U23 Championship in China last year, when the country finished runners-up. Another midfielder, Phan Thanh Hau, who was recently called up to the national team for Asian Cup 2019 but didn’t make the final squad. Nguyen Quoc Tuan will be the head coach of the team in this tournament.

National team head coach Park Hang-seo will attend every game to identify talented players with potential to go higher.

In a preparatory match for this tournament, Vietnam played a friendly with South Korea’s Ulsan Huyndai FC last month, which resulted in a goalless draw.

Vietnam is placed in group A and will face Philippines on February 17, Timor Leste on February 19 and Thailand two days later.

Group B teams are Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Cambodia. Two best teams from each group will advance to the semi-finals.

The AFF U22 Cup will be the first under-22 competition organized by AFF. The previous AFF youth tournament, the 2005 AFF U23 Championship, was won by Thailand.

Vietnam’s squad for AFF U22 Championship 2019:

Goalkeepers: Y Eli Nie, Duong Tung Lam, Phan Van Bieu

Defenders: Ngo Tung Quoc, Truong Du Dat, Nguyen Van Dat, Dung Quang Nho, Nguyen Van Hanh, Bui Hoang Viet Anh, Nguyen Hung Thien Duc, Le Van Xuan

Midfielders: Bui Tien Dung, Tran Bao Toan, Tong Anh Ty, Luong Hoang Nam, Nguyen Huu Thang, Phan Thanh Hau, Nguyen Hoang Duy.

Forwards: Tran Duc Nam, Tran Danh Trung, Tran Thanh Son, Le Xuan Tu, Le Minh Binh

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