Vietnam national team defender Do Duy Manh (Hanoi) has expressed his excitement for a reunion with head coach Park “Rice Dink” Hang-seo as well as his respect for Korean football.
The South Korean national soccer team, coached by Jürgen Klinsmann, will take on Vietnam in the second of two October A friendly matches at the Suwon World Cup Stadium at 8 p.m. on Sunday.
South Korea will be looking for their third straight win in the match, while Vietnam will be looking to rebuild against a ‘powerhouse’ team.
Speaking at the pre-match press conference at the Suwon World Cup Stadium on Saturday afternoon, a day before the match, Do Doi Manh, who was accompanied by head coach Philippe Troussier (FRA), said: “Tomorrow’s match is expected to be difficult. Korea is a strong team recognized not only in Asia but also in the world. We promise to do our best,” he said before the match.
Do Duy Manh expressed his respect for the Korean powerhouse: “I and the Vietnamese players are grateful for this opportunity. “They have a lot of great players and a lot of European players, but more importantly, we are proud to represent our country,” he said.
“As a fellow Asian country, we admire Korea for representing Asia. Korea and Japan are countries that give Vietnamese athletes dreams and hope,” he said, “so I am grateful. I will also do my best to be a good player.”
As the match is between Korea and Vietnam, former Vietnam coach Park Hang-seo will be in attendance.
“Park will participate as an encourager along with Chung Mong-kyu, president of the Korea Football Association, in a pep talk to the players of both teams before the friendly match between the Hana Bank Invitational Football Team of Korea and Vietnam,” the Korea Football Association announced on the same day.메이저놀이터
Park served as the head coach of Vietnam’s senior national team and U-23 national team from 2017 to January this year, achieving record-breaking results in various international tournaments, earning him the nickname “Hiddink” or “Rice Dink”.
Park has been hailed as a Vietnamese football hero after leading the team to its first-ever Asian Games quarterfinal appearance (2018), back-to-back Southeast Asian (SEA) Games football titles (2019 and 2022), and its first World Cup final qualification.
“Park’s visit is good news for the Vietnamese players and will boost their morale,” Do Duy Manh said.
“Apart from that, the players have prepared various tactics and strategies for tomorrow’s match. We will focus and try to achieve the best possible result,” he said, expressing his determination to win.