Players need to show football ability in their positions, says Park Hang-seo

Friday, 2020-07-03 11:08:13
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Head coach Park Hang-seo and his Vietnam U22 players during their Thursday training session. (Photo: VFF)
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NDO – The selected players must ensure football playing ability in their respective positions, said head coach Park Hang-seo while touching upon the criteria in selecting young players to build an optimal force for the Vietnam U22 team.

“No matter what tournaments they play in, either the SEA Games or others, the final destination for them is the national team. In addition to their offensive or defensive skills, stamina is also a factor that needs to be guaranteed,” the Republic of Korea (RoK) tactician added.

Park recently called up 28 players for the first short-term training camp of Vietnam U22s in 2020, in preparation for the goal of defending the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games gold medal next year. On July 2, the team had an internal training match, through which the coaching staff made clearer assessments about each player’s ability in their respective positions on the field.

Most of the summoned players are potential faces who have not yet been granted many opportunities to play at the club level. Therefore, according to coach Park Hang-seo, the best means of testing is to gather these players and guide them through the training method at Vietnam U22s, while organising internal matches to directly observe the football skills and abilities of each player.

“Actually, this three-day gathering was originally beyond my plan. I am really thankful to the clubs and their managers for agreeing to send players for my training camp. I want to summon players born since 1999. They have few opportunities to make V.League and First Division appearances, so I would like to create the conditions for them to practise and play with each other to test their capabilities,” Park said.

Park stated that the camp is part of a series of short-term gatherings of Vietnam U22s from now until the end of the year. The training time for the next camps will be longer, especially in October when the domestic professional tournaments end. He hoped by that time, the COVID-19 pandemic will be well under control in other countries, allowing Vietnam U22s to head for overseas training, towards their important goals in 2021, including the 31st SEA Games to be hosted in Vietnam.

Park also voiced his hope that Vietnam’s young players will be granted more opportunities in their clubs, thus helping them gain more experiences and sharpen their skills.

The next short-term training camp for the Vietnam U22s is slated for mid-August.

Following are some photos of the team’s internal training match on Thursday.

(Photo: VFF)