Vietnam national football team parts ways with coach Miura

By Lan Phuong, Thanh Nien News

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Toshiya Miura gestures during a match of Vietnam U23 team at the AFC Championships in Qatar. Photo:  Mai Nhung Toshiya Miura gestures during a match of Vietnam U23 team at the AFC Championships in Qatar. Photo: Mai Nhung

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The Vietnam Football Federation on Thursday cast a majority vote to dismiss Japanese coach Toshiya Miura, following the national team’s poor performance at the recent Asian Football Confederation U23 Championship.
Eleven of 16 members of VFF executive board voted to part ways with the coach, who has led the team since April 2014.
Miura, 52, now in Japan for a short leave, will return to Vietnam to finalize relevant procedures, local media reported. 
Several VFF executives said that although Miura made certain accomplishments, he did not satisfy expectations of both local officials and fans.
Vietnam won two bronze medals at the AFF Cup 2014 and Southeast Asian Games in 2015. However, the team lost all three group matches at the AFC U23 Championship earlier this month.
VFF is expected to hire a local coach to replace Miura. 
Local media apparently picked SHB Da Nang’s coach, Le Huynh Duc, as their favorite candidate. 
However, VFF is considering former Song Lam Nghe An coach Nguyen Huu Thang, who recently told the media that his lifetime wish is to become the national coach.
VFF has a tradition of mostly hiring foreign coaches for the national team. Miura replaced local coach Hoang Van Phuc three years ago. 
The new coach will lead the team to compete at two World Cup 2018 qualifying matches against Taiwan on March 24 and Iraq on March 29.

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