|Head coach Park Hang-seo during a press conference held in Hanoi on August 18
The plan was unveiled by head coach Park Hang-seo during a press conference held in Hanoi on August 18 in which he explained that he is keen to gather the national team’s footballers together to train and find the best line-up before several major tournaments in 2021.
In their history, the Vietnamese national team have never made it through to the final stage of World Cup qualification in the Asian region, therefore all staff members will strive to take the team into the final qualifying round of the World Cup, Hang-seo notes.
Amid the country’s fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, the head coach also outlined plans to boost the development of young Vietnamese footballers.
This comes after a list of 36 players had been announced to participate in the first national team gathering of the year with the ultimate aim of preparing for the squad’s games in qualification for the 2022 World Cup, with the games originally scheduled to get underway in October and November.
However, this plan was cancelled following FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation deciding to postpone all World Cup qualifiers until 2021 in order to ensure the public’s safety during the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia.
Due to these delays the national squad hasn’t played any fixtures this year. Ahead in 2021 a number of important events involving the Vietnamese national team will be taking place, including the Southeast Asian Games, the ASEAN Football Federation Cup, and the AFC U23 Championship 2022’s qualifying round.