Saturday, 26 September 2009

Vietnam Leave Out Le Cong Vinh For Vital Syria Qualifiers

The regional champions have made a controversial decision...

Vietnam will be without star striker Le Cong Vinh for their two 2011 Asian Cup qualifiers against Syria in November.

Coach Henrique Calisto has decided to allow the hitman, who scored the winning goal in Vietnam's 2008 ASEAN Cup triumph, to stay in Portgual in an attempt to break into the starting eleven for club side Leixoes.

The regional champions have two vital matches in the space of four days against Syria.

“All the 23 players called this time were chosen by coach Henrique Calisto. We (Vietnam Football Federation) don’t have any suggestions,” Nguyen Trong Giap, deputy manager of the national team, told Thanh Nien.

Before the two clashes, the national team will start training next week for the HCMC Cup which will take place from October 20-24.

The first match against Syria takes place in Hanoi on November 14.

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