Coach Park aims to strengthen Vietnam’s U22 squad with new faces

Tuesday, 2019-07-09 10:49:26
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Coach Park Hang-seo at the afternoon training session of Vietnam U22s on July 8. (Photo: Vietnam Football Federation)
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NDO – Vietnam U22s entered their first training session under the guide of head coach Park Hang-seo on the afternoon of July 8. The squad featured a range of new faces in the first short-term gathering in July, in preparation for the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games later this year.

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Park said that his main purpose through these gatherings is to assess and review players to supplement the missing positions in Vietnam's U22 squad.

“Vietnam’s football tournaments have re-started after the first leg pause, so I don't call up players who play regularly or are the pillars of their clubs. I want to summon those who have been given little opportunity to compete on the field for their teams in order to test their abilities. In addition, we know that the U22 squad are short in some of the positions and I need to find the replacements. This August I want to find all possible players for the missing positions. In September, I will summon 30 players to join a full session,” Park told reporters at the session.

Explaining the reason for the short-term gatherings in July and August, the Korean strategist said he did not want to influence clubs as they have heavy fixtures during this period. “We know for more than half of the players, clubs can't release them to us. I think that's true, because this is not a time when clubs are supposed to send their players to the national teams.”

“As for the coaching responsibility, I still want to summon, because if I just watch the players playing on the pitch, I can't have an overall assessment. I want to train them directly and see them play football. It should be understood that this is not a training but a test for the players' abilities through practice and competition,” said the 1959 born coach.

New faces have been summoned for the team’s first short-term gathering in July. (Photo: Vietnam Football Federation)

Giving his assessment on the rivals that Vietnam U22s are to face in the 30th SEA Games in the Philippines, Park said that his coaching staff still have plenty of time, and the draw for men’s football at the SEA Games has yet to take place, so the rivals for Vietnam have not yet been determined.

However, analysing opponents is a must, he said. “We have a specific assignment for our coaching members. We must learn who our opponents are, but we will soon complete this task by the end of September. Among the Southeast Asian teams, we all know clearly about Thailand and Indonesia,” Park stated.

At yesterday afternoon's session, Vietnam U22s only had 11 players on the field. The remaining players were busy competing in V.League 1’s matchday 14 and are scheduled to gather with their teammates from Tuesday morning. In the afternoon of July 10, the 17-member squad will have a training match with Vietnam U18s, who are also practicing at the PVF Centre in Hung Yen province in preparation for the regional AFF U19 Youth Championship 2019.

Regarding the re-signing of his contract with the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF), Park warned about the misleading information that would probably make fans misunderstand him.

To avoid confusing information for fans, Park said he has agreed with his representative that after each working session with VFF, they will have an official press release, which will summarise the internal content of the working session and be provided to the press as soon as possible. "I hope that the media will use the press releases to convey the information to fans correctly," Park suggested.