The Vietnamese men’s football team is set to play Iran and Kyrgyzstan at the upcoming Incheon Asian Games, while the women’s team will face North Korea and Hong Kong.
The games will match 29 male and 11 female squads from all over the continent.
Both coaches are optimistic that the two Vietnamese teams will make it into the next round, despite their tough first-round opponents.
Japanese Toshiya Miura became coach of the men’s team early this month and oversaw the team during its first practice session on August 21 in preparation for its matches against Iran, on September 15, and Kyrgyzstan, on September 22.
Miura is the coach of both the Olympic and national men’s teams.
“The spectators should not be too concerned about the fact that I am in charge of two teams at once," he said. "I am not overloaded and the Vietnam Football Federation has carefully planned my schedule to prevent any overlap in obligations."
“The AFF Cup and Asian Games will take place at different times and moreover, each team has its own coaching staff. I believe that my assistants will do a good job.”
For Asian Games, Miura said Iran will surely top Group H because it is one Asia’s strongest team.
“Kyrgyrztan will compete with Vietnam for a second slot in the 1/16th round," he said. "With good preparation, I believe Vietnam will have a decent opportunity to advance.”
Meanwhile, Coach Mai Duc Chung of the women’s team says he's happy his team will only play two matches in the qualifying round.
“North Korea is considered one of the world’s strongest female teams and is expected to take the first ticket into the next round followed either by Vietnam or Hong Kong,” he said.
The 17th Asian Games will start on September 19 and continue till October 4. Football will begin five days prior to the Games’ opening ceremony on September 14.