Thursday, 14 May 2009

Vietnam Boss Blasts Preparation Ahead Of Olympiakos Match

The gaffer wants better facilities for the national team...

Vietnam coach Henrique Calisto has is less than happy with the state of the training ground ahead of Thursday’s friendly match against Olympiakos.

The Portuguese tactician has been told to use the practice field at the My Dinh Sport Complex in Hanoi.

“It turns out there are two kingdoms here – one kingdom, the Vietnam Football Federation, wants it, but the My Dinh Stadium kingdom that doesn’t allow it. It’s strange!” Calisto said, according to the Thanh Nien News.

“The team has only six training sessions before the match with Olympiakos, and just two of the sessions are major ones. That is not enough. Why don’t they create good opportunities for us?

“The My Dinh Sports Complex belongs to the nation; the My Dinh Stadium belongs to the nation; the team is the national team. Why don’t they get the best possible conditions?”

Calisto, known for his quick temper, had a whole list of complaints about what was on offer to his players.

He said, “Look at the field. It is very rough and hard for the players to practice their skills because the ball bounces too much. It’s very dangerous to practice on such a field because players can suffer injuries at any time.

“It’s strange some amateur teams can come and rent good fields here to practice on.

“I am not speaking for myself. I am speaking for the good of the national team. I will meet the manager of the My Dinh Stadium to talk about it. Why do they do this to the national team?”

Calisto has told his players to be on their guard against the Greek giants.

He added, “Playing against such a rival, you must run to your half of the field immediately when you lose control of the ball.”

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