Le Cong Vinh to Return to Action

Striker Le Cong Vinh, who has just won the Golden Ball award, will be available for the Viet Nam national team in their 2008 Beijing Olympic rematch against Oman. Viet Nam’s Olympic team suffered a loss 1-3 to Oman in Muscat on March 28.

Striker Le Cong Vinh with his Golden Ball 2006 award (Photo: Hoang Uy)

The Vietnamese team’s coach Mai Duc Chung hopes the return of the Song Lam Nghe An Club’s striker, who missed the first match in Oman due to a leg injury, will be the difference maker this time around.

Meanwhile, Dong Thap Club’s midfielder Nguyen Quy Suu and Becamex Binh Duong Club’s striker Nguyen Anh Duc will be kept out of the return game due to their injuries.

“Le Cong Vinh is a perfect fit for the team’s 4-5-1formation, while Anh Duc and Quy Suu need more time to recover. Viet Nam’s 1-3 loss in Oman was because the grueling 18-hour trip had weakened my boys. So I have high hopes of a win at home on April 18.” said Coach Chung.

The Viet Nam team may replace Coach Mai Duc Chung with Coach Afred Riedl, who will likely to be back on the job Monday April 9 after having a kidney transplant operation in Austria in early March.

“Actually, I was assigned to lead the Olympic team during the time coach Riedl took the operation. So if he asks me to lead the team in the return game against Oman, I will do it. Otherwise, I will be his assistant. But coach Riedl will surely lead the team in their upcoming 2008 Beijing Olympic matches against Lebanon and Indonesia.” said Coach Chung.

Talent scouts for the Viet Nam Olympic team have spotted two more young players, Khatoco Khanh Hoa’s midfielder Ngoc Dieu and Hoang Anh Gia Lai’s striker Tang Tuan.

However, since both were not named on the list of the Vietnamese Olympic team at the outset, they will be reserved for Viet Nam’s campaign in the 24th Southeast Asian Games held in Thailand in December.

By Gia Minh - Translated by Hoang Uy

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