Excitement in the central highlands grows as football championship nears
After a week of competition at the U.21 National Championship, Vietnam's best young players have been selected to defend Vietnam's title at the 6th edition of the Thanh Nien-sponsored Under-21 International Football Tournament.
Excellent up-and-comers like Hoang Thinh, Duy Thanh, Nguyen Manh, Phi Son, Huu Khoi, Dinh Bao, Khac Ngoc, Thanh Hao and Ha Minh Tuan will be coached by tactician Dinh Van Dung.
"The contest is an event that is highly valued by teams in the Asian region," Dung told Thanh Nien upon his squad's arrival in Pleiku, capital of the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai.
"We have always played in the highest possible spirits. The footballers selected this time are all determined to retain the title."
More than 12,000 spectators watched the hometown heroes beat powerhouse Iran in the final to win the championship last year.
The event this year does not have participants from West Asia but teams from Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos and Australia promise exciting matches.
Vietnam's U.21 National Football Championship (September 25-October 5) in the south central province of Ninh Thuan was used to select the Vietnamese team this year.
Outstanding new players like Vu Quang Nam, Le Duy Thanh, Ngo Hoang Thinh and Vo Ut Cuong all made names for themselves at the show and the country's hopes are pinned on them performing with the U-23 team and the national team in the near future.
Funding for the events has come from diamond sponsor Techcombank and gold sponsor Saigon Beer Alcohol and Beverage Corporation (SABECO).
"It is the enthusiasm of the diamond and gold sponsors that has created a significant environment for the young footballers to train for maturity and make Vietnamese football brilliant on the international stage," said journalist Nguyen Cong Khe, Chairman and General Director of Thanh Nien Media Corporation.
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