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Source: Socialist Republic of Vietnam

The women’s team, coached by Mai Duc Chung, successfully defended their SEA Games title by seeing off arch-rivals Thailand 1-0 in the final match. This is also the sixth time that Vietnam has claimed the women’s football gold medal at the region’s largest sporting event.

Meanwhile, under the guidance of coach Park Hang-seo, Vietnam U22s produced an impressive journey in the Philippines, maintaining an unbeaten run throughout the entire tournament and clinching their first-ever SEA Games gold medal in men’s football after 60 years of waiting.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc poses with the Vietnam U22 team. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)

Speaking at the meeting, PM Phuc praised the players for having fought bravely to bring glory to the homeland, affirming that their triumphs were not simply victories in sports but were also victories of patriotism, solidarity, determination and sense of responsibilities before the people.

He conveyed his special thanks to the two coaches, Park Hang-seo and Mai Duc Chung, who inspired the players and applied appropriate training methods to help the Vietnamese teams harvest such success.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc poses with the women’s football team. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)

The leader expressed his wish that Vietnamese football will have a more organised roadmap to go further in the immediate future, with the 2020 AFC U23 Championship in Thailand and then the 31st SEA Games to be hosted in Vietnam in 2021.

He stressed the importance of caring for youth football training to seek talents for men’s and women’s football, asking the sports sector to continue researching better incentives and preferential policies for football coaches and players.

Midfielder Do Hung Dung of Vietnam U22s presents a jersey with signatures of the team’s members to PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)

During the meeting, Mai Duc Chung and Park Hang-seo both voiced their gratitude for the care and companionship from the Party, the Government, the National Assembly, ministries, sectors, sponsors and fans nationwide.

On behalf of the men’s team, Park thanked PM Phuc for sending a letter of encouragement to Vietnam U22s ahead of the SEA Games final. He would like to present the glory to the Vietnamese people.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc presents gifts to the two teams. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)

At the event, representatives of sponsors, including T&T Group, Vingroup, Long Thanh Golf Investment and Trading JSC and Honda Vietnam announced bonuses worth billions of VND to the men’s and women’s football teams.

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* [Infographic] Vietnam at the 30th SEA Games

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* [Photos] Vietnamese players celebrate historic SEA Games title with joy

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