Park Hang-seo: Vietnam’s football could reap more success in future
Updated : Monday, February 12, 2018 3:10 PM (GMT+0700)

Vietnam’sfootball teams could achieve more success at the regional and internationalarena, said national team coach Park Hang-seo in an exchange programme withhundreds of Vietnamese students in the Republic of Korea (RoK) on February 11ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet).

 
Coach Park Hang-seo takes photo with participants at the exchange programme in Seoul -
Photo: VNA

The Korean received araucous applauses while entering the hall of the Hankuk University of ForeignStudies.

He said he was now in theRoK but felt like staying in Vietnam thanks to the warm welcome from Vietnamesepeople. 

The head coach affirmed hishope to contribute more to Vietnamese football, promoting relations betweenVietnam and the RoK.

He was confident that theSoutheast Asian country could reap more success at both regional and global competitionsin the future.

The atmosphere in Vietnamduring the team’s run to the final of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC)U23 Championship was similar to that of the RoK on the occasion of World Cup2002, he said, adding that the achievement of the Vietnamese football team wasa source of great pride for him.

In reply to VietnameseAmbassador to the RoK Nguyen Vu Tu’s question, he said before each match, heand his football players always huddle together and shout “One! Two! Three!Fighting!”

Park described his relationswith the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) as “fate” when the two sides signeda contract. Similarities in life and in culture between the two nations havehelped him quickly understand Vietnamese footballers, he noted.

He advised Vietnameseplayers to keep their feet on the ground. This is not the peak ofVietnam’s football, so footballers need to improve their skills and have moreenthusiasm to go further, he noted.

Sharing his experiences inVietnam after leading the national football team from late October 2017, the59-year-old said he loves Vietnamese food, particularly “pho” and “bun cha”.

He expressed his deepgratitude to Vietnamese people, especially the Vietnamese community in the RoK,for their warm sentiments to him and the U23 team.

He said he was very happy tomake a small contribution to enhancing ties between Vietnam and the RoK, andvowed to exert more efforts to make football become one of the fields thatcontribute greatly to the development of bilateral relations.

Source:VNA

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