Vietnam football body accepts general secretary’s resignation

The Vietnam Football Federation has accepted general secretary Tran Quoc Tuan’s resignation, the organization announced at the end of Monday.

VFF vice president Nguyen Lan Trung said that Mr. Tuan submitted a resignation letter on Dec. 7 but the body’s Executive Board later made a 100% agreement to refuse his resignation. Now, VFF accepted his letter as he was determined to do that, said Mr. Trung.

(File) VFF general secretary Tran Quoc Tuan (L) during an extraordinary meeting of the VFF Executive Board in Hanoi Dec. 22, 2011

Reportedly, the football official had to resign due to public pressure that came after the loss of Vietnam’s under-23 team at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Indonesia in November

Mr. Tuan had held his position since 2005.

Speaking at a press briefing in Hanoi at the end of Monday, Mr. Tuan said he had thought a lot before making his decision.

“I have responsibility in the loss of U23 Vietnam at the SEA Games. I’ve tried my best but I now see that I have to stop. This is a totally personal decision.”

He added he was sad leaving VFF but did not accept that it was “the most difficult decision.”

VFF deputy general secretary Duong Nghiep Khoi is the caretaker now.

VFF has not announced a replacement but according to unofficial information, Hanoi Football Federation general secretary Phan Anh Tu is likely to take the post.

On Dec. 22, an extraordinary meeting of the VFF Executive Board agreed to end the contract with head coach Falko Goetz. The German tactician and his U23 Vietnam team came fourth at the SEA Games after a humiliating loss 1-4 to Myanmar.

Nevertheless, VFF has till now not finalized the Goetz case. However, according unofficial information, Vietnamese man Phan Thanh Hung is likely to become the head coach.

By staff reporters, translated by Nguyen Thuy

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