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2/8/2018 3:24:02 PM

Vietnam’s U23 squad among top 3 nominees for “National Team of the Year”

Vietnam’s U23 team is among the top 3 nominees for “National Team of the Year” at the Southeast Asian Football Awards by FourFourTwo magazine.

Vietnam’s U23 squad among top 3 nominees for “National Team of the Year”. (Source: Internet)

Vietnam’s U23 squad is currently in the second place. Following a disappointing AFF Cup 2016, the Vietnamese team have made great progress by qualifying for the 2019 Asian Cup in the UAE with an unbeaten record and only one fixture remaining, according to FourFourTwo magazine.

Meanwhile, Thailand is currently in the lead, with the Philippines in the third place. The first award given by Four Four Two magazine honours the best teams and players in the Southeast Asian football scene.

In addition, Vietnamese midfielder Dinh Thanh Trung has been named among FourFourTwo’s top 5 favourites for the Player of the Year title. His challengers for the award are Chanathip Songkrasin and Teerasil Dangda of Thailand, Aung Thu of Myanmar, and Andritany Ardhiyasa of Indonesia.

Vietnamese midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai is one of the top 5 nominees for the Young Player of the Year award. The twenty-year-old Hai has been hailed as the hero of the Vietnamese team at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U23 Championship. He scored five goals, finishing only behind Almoez Ali of Qatar, who scored six.

Nguyen Quang Hai’s strike from distance against Qatar in the AFC U23’s semi-final. (Source: bongda24h.vn)

Nguyen Quang Hai’s goal against Uzbekistan in the finals of the AFC U23 Championship was voted the best goal of the tournament by fans on the AFC website. Voters could choose between 10 goals scored during the AFC U23 tournament which finished in China on January 27th, with Vietnam losing to Uzbekistan 2-1 after extra-time.

After four days, there were a total of 218,915 votes for the 10 goals, with Hai’s free kick against Uzbekistan receiving 139,704 votes, 64 per cent of the total. Hai’s long-distance strike against Qatar in the semi-finals received 53,970 votes, accounting for 25 per cent to rank second.

Twenty-year-old Hai has been hailed as the hero of the Vietnamese team at the AFC event. He scored five goals, only behind Almoez Ali of Qatar, who scored six./.

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