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Vietnam, UAE forge cooperation in football development

Rosy Huong Rosy Huong

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June 02, 2021 | 07:12

Leaders of the Vietnam Football Federation and the United Arab Emirates Football Association have consented to specify cooperation plans in the future.

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Permanent Vice President of the Vietnam Football Federation Tran Quoc Tuan (second from right) at the working session (Photo: VNA)
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Permanent Vice President of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) Tran Quoc Tuan on June 1 paid a working visit to the United Arab Emirates Football Association (UAEFA), VietnamPlus reported.

During his meeting with UAEFA President Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi and General Secretary Mohammed Hazzam Al Dhaheri, Tuan thanked the hosts for creating optimal conditions for the two Vietnamese squads to train and play matches in the country, given that the UAE still faces challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Vietnam’s futsal team recently competed at the 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup's Asian playoffs in the UAE while the men’s football team is to play remaining games of the second round of the World Cup Asian qualifiers.

Phó chủ tịch thường trực VFF Trần Quốc Tuấn tặng áo thi đấu của đội tuyển Việt Nam với chữ ký của toàn đội cho Chủ tịch UAEFA - Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi. Ảnh: VFF
VFF Permanent Vice President Tran Quoc Tuan presents the Vietnam team's jersey to UAEFA President Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi. Photo courtesy of Vietnam Football Federation

On the basis of the sound relationship of the two football bodies over the past years, leaders of the VFF and the UAEFA discussed fields of cooperation in the new period, thereby elevating the relations to a new height, in a more practical and effective manner.

They spoke highly of the collaboration and support for activities of national teams, as well as plans in training and holding friendlies, and helping young players compete in international tourneys arranged by the two football organisations, plus assistance for each other at international forums, among others.

Leaders of the VFF and the UAEFA consented to specify cooperation plans in the future for the implementation of their cooperation memorandum of understanding, for the sake of football development in Vietnam and the UAE.

The two Vietnamese football teams are in the UAE to compete at major tournaments.

Vietnam, UAE forge cooperation in football development
Vietnam (in purple) play Jordan in a friendly on June 1, 2021. Photo courtesy of Vietnam Football Federation

On June 1, a friendly to prepare for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers between Vietnam and Jordan ended 1-1, with Jordan scoring an own goal, VnExpress said.

This friendly is considered the final warm-up game for Vietnam. They will play their World Cup qualifiers against Indonesia on June 7, Malaysia on the 11th and UAE the 15th. All of them also have played some friendlies to prepare for the important upcoming games.

Vietnam are topping group G with 11 points. The Golden Dragons need seven points out of three games to secure a place in the final round.

Unfortunately, Vietnam will play the matches without their number one keeper Dang Van Lam who had contact with a Covid-19 case during training at his club in Japan, Cerezo Osaka. To guarantee safety for the team, Park decided to exclude Lam from the official squad list./.

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