Midfielder Do Hung Dung returned to Hanoi to mourn his grandfather on the afternoon of September 21, right before the friendly match between Vietnam and Singapore.
Mr. Do Duy Thuc – Hung Dung’s grandfather – passed away this morning. After receiving news from his family, Hung Dung discussed with Coach Park Hang-seo, asked to leave the team to go to Hanoi to mourn and was approved. He is expected to return to the army on September 23.
Coach Park, who values family relationships, is often easy to accept at the request of his students. Before Hung Dung, he also agreed when midfielder Nguyen Thanh Chung asked for permission to join the army two days late because his wife gave birth to her first child on the same day of September 17.
In addition to Hung Dung’s absence for personal reasons, seven other players who were not registered to play in the friendly match against Singapore are Que Ngoc Hai, Doan Van Hau, Thanh Chung, Vu Van Thanh, Nguyen Cong Phuong, Nguyen Quang Hai. and Nguyen Tien Linh. Previously, midfielder Luong Xuan Truong and defender Vu Van Thanh had Covid-19, absent from the training session on the afternoon of September 20. Today, Van Thanh had a negative result, so he was allowed to sit on the field and watch the team play.
Before Singapore, a series of players had their first start for the team, including Phan Tuan Tai, Nham Manh Dung, and Chau Ngoc Quang. On the bench, there are Duy Cuong, Thanh Nhan, Khuat Van Khang and Dinh Duy.
After this match, on September 24, Singapore met India. Vietnam will play the last match against India on September 27. The team with the best record will win the championship with a prize of 30,000 USD (about 700 million VND). The tournament is an opportunity for Vietnam to review its forces towards the AFF Cup 2022, and at the same time accumulate scores on the FIFA table.