VN SEA Game Footie Failures Face Forum Scrutiny this Weekend

While the Viet Nam Football Federation took responsibility for the losses of the Viet Nam team at the 24th SEA Games, the VFF qualified such responsibility as being due mainly to a weakened state of its players, said VFF Chairman Nguyen Trong Hy yesterday. 

A Vietnamese fan is disappointed after the loss of Viet Nam's Men Football Team in SEA Games

A recent unofficial report from apparently anonymous sources has claimed the Vietnam team’s nightmare at the 24th SEA GAMES was caused by VFF directors. The report claims a VND3 billion annual budget has been contributed to the VFF, but the VFF has failed to use the funds to appropriately improve player lives and health.

A notable point made in the report was that players have been overstressed since early this year. VFF directors and Coach Alfred Riedl, the report claims, continuously pushed the teams players beyond their limits of endurance and, basically, burnt them out to the point they inevitably blew out at the SEA Games.

The report further claims the VFF ignored public feedback during the SEA Games competition and allowed Riedl to follow a wrong-headed strategy to it ultimately regrettable conclusion.

The VFF, however, rebuts the rumored report’s claims, at least regarding their brushing off crucial feedback, stating they highly appreciated that they received, both positive and negative, especially while the team was in the midst of its dismal SEA Games performance.

Unlike said report, whose authors apparently prefer not to face public scrutiny, an official forum is to be held this weekend between the VFF executive and local footie pundits aimed at identifying the most likely causes of the team’s pitiful performance and working out some solutions thereof, promised VFF Chairman Hy.

Looking ahead to next season already, the Vietnam U23 team is to see a new foreign coach to replace Mai Duc Chung who has been standing in since Riedl resigned – quite possibly under duress, some say – after the latest SEA Games debacle.

To date, says the VFF, the team continues to seek more “foreign coaching” candidates. The only two qualified candidates, to date, said the VFF, proposed salaries beyond the VFF’s expectations. The VFF says it is now actively seeking sponsors to cover at least two thirds of foreign coach costs.

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Source: Nguoi Lao Dong Newspaper + SGGP – Translated by Truong Son

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