HA NOI — Japanese head coach Toshiya Miura yesterday included many new faces in the 29-member Vietnamese Olympic football team in preparation for the upcoming 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
The new football team members are key players of the U16 and U21 teams, such as midfield player Duy Khanh, fullbacks Van Manh and Minh Hai and half-backs Phi Son, Sy Sam and Hung Dung.
Coach Miura also brought in V-League’s experienced players such as Buu Ngoc, Manh Hung, Thanh Hien and overseas Vietnamese player Mac Hong Quan.
Miura’s assistants will guide the Olympic team because the 51-year-old coach is busy with the national team who are training for the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup, beginning on November 22.
Before leaving for the Asian Games which will be held from September 19 to October 4, Miura will cut down his Olympic team to 20 players. So the younger players will have to try their best to be included, if they don’t want to sit in the audience enclosure at the Games.
The team will have three friendly matches to test their line-up ahead the Games. They will meet the national football team on September 2, and will play two games with Pakistan on September 4 and 8.
At present, the team is training at the Viet Nam Football Federation’s youth football training centre for 20 days.