Viet Nam’s women’s football team traveled to Tokyo yesterday for Saturday’s 2008 Beijing Olympic qualifier against the home team. Viet Nam is hoping to at least pull off a draw since Japan’s team, currently ranked 9th the FIFA World table, are likely to overpower them.
|Viet Nam’s women’s football team|
For that reason, Viet Nam’s coach Ngo Le Bang switched from a 3-4-1-2 formation to a 4-5-1 lineup with Kieu Chinh in goal; four defenders including Minh Nguyet, Tu Thi Phung, Ngoc Anh and golden ball 2006 winner Dao Thi Mien; midfielders Van Thi Thanh, Mai Lan, Hai Anh, Kim Hong and silver ball 2006 winner Kim Chi; and striker Bui Thi Tuyet Mai, who won the bronze ball award.
Mr. Bang hopes that the switch will create more difficulties for their rivals at the upcoming Southeast Asian Games who are overly familiar with the old lineup.
The match in Japan is a crucial one for Mr. Bang, as the Viet Nam Football Federation plans to assess his performance there and consider replacing him with Hanoi coach Ri Whi Chol if the team turns out a poor performance.
The Vietnamese women’s team is comprised of:
Goalkeepers: Đang Thi Kieu Trinh, Le Thị Tuyet Mai (Ho Chi Minh City), Duong Khanh Ly (Ha Tay).
Defenders: Dao Thi Mien (Ha Tay), Đo Thi Kim Thoa (Ho Chi Minh City), Nguyen Thi Nga (Ha Tay), Ngo Thị Hanh (Ho Chi Minh City), Nguyen Thi Ngoc Anh (Ha Noi), Nguyen Hai Hoa (Thai Nguyen).
Midfielders: Nhieu Thuy Linh, Nguyen Thi Dieu Huyen, Nguyen Mai Lan (Than Cua Ong), Au Thi Thu Que, Tu Thi Phu, Nguyen Thi Kim Tien (Ha Noi), Tran Kim Hong, Doan Kim Chi (Ho Chi Minh City), Nguyen Thi Huong, Van Thi Thanh (Ha Nam), Nguyen Thi Minh Nguyet (Ha Tay).
Strikers: Bui Thi Tuyet Mai, Vu Thi Huyen Linh (Ha Noi), Le Thi Hong Nga (Ho Chi Minh City), Do Thi Hai Anh (Ho Chi Minh City).