Thursday, November 27, 2008


News from Vietnam

Vietnamese fans head to AFF Cup

The Vietnamese Football Fans Association, inaugurated in Ha Noi on Monday, plans to accompany team Viet Nam to the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) – Suzuki Cup, to be held in Thailand and Indonesia.

At the inauguration ceremony, Duc Trung, chairman of The Cong, or Army team, was voted in as chairman of the association, made up mostly of members of V-League teams.

Viet Nam will play Thailand – three-time winners of the tournament – on December 6.

They are set to play Malaysia on December 8 and Laos four days later in Bangkok.

Hoa Phat, Hai Phong to open cup

Hoa Phat Ha Noi will meet Hai Phong Cement in the opener of the National Football Cup at Ha Noi’s Hang Day Stadium on January 31.

The tournament has attracted 27 teams from the premier V-League and the First Division, competing in knock-out format for the cup.

Hoa Phat Ha Noi, relegated to First Division in June after a poor performance, will face tough rivals Hai Phong, coached by former national team coach Alfred Riedl.

The cup winner will play the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup next year.

Last year, Ha Noi ACB beat two-time V-League champions Becamex Binh Duong 1-0 in the cup final at Hang Day Stadium.

Khanh Hoa stun Gia Lai champs

Khatoco Khanh Hoa edged past two-time champions Hoang Anh Gia Lai 1-0 in a friendly football tournament in Gia Lai Province on Tuesday, thanks to a goal by Brazilian striker Mustafa.

Gia Lai, who appointed the former midfielder of the Thai national team, Dusit Chalermsan, to coach the team, missed chances to score in the second half.

The event attracted four teams from Nam Dinh, Binh Dinh, Khanh Hoa and Gia Lai, and was played at the Ham Rong Sport Centre in Gia Lai. The friendly is in preparation for the V-League championship next year.

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