U21 team hopes to defend title at international contest in Pleiku

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The best players of the Under-21 National Football Championship event in Ninh Thuan have been selected for the upcoming 6th edition of the U21 International Football tournament that kicks off in Gia Lai Province Saturday.

Coach Dinh Van Dung will take up the reins of the new team, supported by assistant coaches Nguyen Quang Hoan, Nguyen Quang Son, Le Manh Hung and doctor Truong Van Dung.

This is the fourth time Dung has been chosen to be in the coaching staff at the International contest sponsored by Thanh Nien newspaper.

"This is the third time I have been chosen head coach of the team at the International event. I must say I feel greatly honored and proud to participate in a playground attracting several strong teams in the region.

"I took the U21 team to the championship in 2007, beating Thailand in the finals and finished third at the competition in 2010 after beating Malaysia. Last year, I was an assistant coach to Coach Nguyen Quoc Tuan and we enjoyed the victory after beating Iran 2-1 in the final," Dung said.

He hoped the team would put on great performances and defend the title.

Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Laos and Sydney FC have registered for the event played in Pleiku Town from October 13-21. The hosts will take on Singapore in the opener on Saturday October 13.


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