Monday, October 02, 2006

Vietnam attracts Malaysia, Thailand to Hanoi cup

Vietnam will face Malaysia’s Olympic team in the opening game of the Capital SHBank Cup at Hanoi’s Hang Day Stadium next Tuesday. They then play Thailand on 14 October. According to the organising committee, the winner of the round-robin championship will receive US$10,000 and second and third place, $5,000 and $3,000, respectively.

Vietnam's coach, Alfred Riedl, has named a 20-member squad (which includes three players older than 23), for the Asian Games (ASIAD) to be held in Qatar on 1-15 December.Vietnam will also compete in two warm-up invitational events: the Agribank Cup in Hanoi at the end of this month and the Bach Viet Cup in HCM City next month before going into the 15th ASIAD.

"The Capital SHBank Cup is a good chance for Vietnamese players to hone their skills before the Asian Games, chairman and general secretary of Vietnam Olympic Committee, Hoang Vinh Giang told the Vietnam news newsagecy. Giang also said the tournament is expected to be an annual event of the Asian Football Confederation’s roster, which hopes to draw additional Asian teams.

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