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Vietnam football team arrive in UAE for World Cup qualifiers

By Lam Thoa   May 26, 2021 | 06:28 pm PT
After arriving in the UAE for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers and taking Covid-19 tests, the Vietnamese football team left the airport for their hotel early on Thursday.
Vietnam football team arrive in UAE for World Cup qualifiers

On the flight, coach Park Hang-seo sought to make sure no stranger came into contact with the players to avoid the risk of infection.

Vietnam football team arrive in UAE for World Cup qualifiers

Before entering the airport, the whole team had to put on protective suits. The Covid situation in UAE is quite worrisome, and any infection can mess up the team's plans.

Vietnam football team arrive in UAE for World Cup qualifiers

Coach Park and members of the national team were vaccinated and tested in Vietnam, but had to take tests again when on arrival in Dubai. The team waited at the hotel for the test results to come the next day before going out to train.

Vietnam football team arrive in UAE for World Cup qualifiers

It took a long time for the team to complete the procedures like testing and claiming the baggage.

Since they came on a special flight, the baggage was not limited. The players brought more luggage than usual since they will be quarantined for 21 days when they return to Vietnam.

Vietnam football team arrive in UAE for World Cup qualifiers

Defender Ho Tan Tai, who is likely to start in the match against Indonesia on June 7 in place of Nguyen Trong Hoang, who is suspended. Vietnam will then play Malaysia on June 11 and the UAE on the 15th.

Vietnam football team arrive in UAE for World Cup qualifiers

Many Vietnamese living in the UAE came to the airport to greet the team, but kept their distance to ensure safety.

Vietnam football team arrive in UAE for World Cup qualifiers

The Vietnamese ambassador to the UAE too was at the airport to welcome the team.

Vietnam are at the top of group G with 11 points from five matches. Two wins in the remaining three matches will secure them a place in the final qualifying round.

 
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