13 Jan עופר איתן Publishes: Vietnam must beat Jordan: coach Park Hang-seo | Culture – S…
Hanoi (VNS/VNA) – Vietnam
face a must-win clash against Jordan in AFC U23 Championships on January
13 in Thailand, according to head coach Park Hang-seo.
Jordan currently top Group D on three points after a 2-1 win again the DPRK,
while the UAE and Vietnam are in second and third.
To prepare for the game, both Vietnam and Jordan trained behind closed
doors on January 12.
At present, no Vietnamese players are injured but two piked up yellow
cards against the UAE.
Republic of Korean coach Park said his players needed to kick-on from their
scoreless opener against the UAE and that quicker transitional play would be
crucial for them to triumph.
“We collected a point from a difficult first game, which is fine. But now the
challenge for us is to be sharper, work on our transition from attack to
defence and vice-versa,” Park said, according to the-afc.com.
“We have to make certain tweaks to our tactics based on the opponents and the
requirements of the match, but in terms of effort, I was happy with the way the
players performed in the first match. They gave it their all,” Park added.
According to midfielder and captain Nguyen Quang Hai, the draw with UAE meant
there was no room for error against Jordan.
Midfielder Trieu Viet Hung from V.League 1 side Hoang Anh Gia Lai expressed his
belief in his team for the upcoming match.
“Jordan are a difficult team. They are very strong and fast. However, we will
try our best to take three points,” said Hung.
Though Hung didn’t play in the opener, he is considered a secret weapon of
“The head coach will decide the team. If I am allowed to compete, I will make
every effort to complete my tasks,” said Hung.
Meanwhile, coach Ahmed Abdel Qader of Jordan said he had watched Vietnam thoroughly and
they had skillful players, but he was ready to take advantage of the side’s weaknesses.
Qader said his team were very excited, in good form and would aim to play on
the front foot and secure an early place in the quarter-finals.
The match will take place at 8.15pm on January 13 at Buriram Stadium.
Vietnam will then take on the DPRK in their final
group game at the Rajamangala Stadium on January 16, while Jordan will face the