Last update: 10:48 | 24/01/2018
After securing a berth in the final of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U23 Championship after beating Qatar, an Asian powerhouse, on January 23, Vietnam’s U23 received a number of rewards from organisations and individuals.
Starting lineup of Vietnam's U23 team in the match against Qatar in the AFC U23 Championship on January 23
Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien congratulated and presented a reward of two billion VND (about 88,030 USD) to the squad.
Additionally, Vietnam’s U23 received one billion VND (44,022 USD) from the FLC Group. Goalkeeper Bui Tien Dung, also a player of the FLC Thanh Hoa football club, received 500 million VND (22,011 USD).
In addition, the team has received rewards from various organisations and individuals, including the Vietnam Television (500 million VND), the Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam-Vietcombank (one billion VND), the Vietnam Professional Football company (one billion VND), and acting President of the Ho Chi Minh City Football Club Le Cong Vinh (500 million VND), among others.
Right after U23 Vietnam’s impressive victory, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc congratulated head coach Park Hang Seo and the team.
[Miracle as Vietnam march on to Asian U23 Championship final]
In his phone call to Secretary General of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) Le Hoai Anh, who is now in China, PM Phuc commended the indefatigable spirit of the Vietnamese players.
He affirmed that the historic victory was a significant event of the country and went into its football history, bringing a great pride to domestic fans.
The PM assigned Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien to appropriately commend and reward head coach Park Hang Seo and his players.
Vietnam became the first Southeast Asian country to enter the final of the AFC U23 championship after beating Qatar 4-3 in the penalty shootout on January 23 in China.
It will play against Uzbekistan on January 27.-VNA