Vietnamese mogul gives $200,000 to Lao football

VietNamNet Bridge – The Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) Group of mogul Doan Nguyen Duc will provide $200,000 to the Lao Football Federation in two years, to help it hire foreign coaches.

HAGL Group's Chair Doan Nguyen Duc.

HAGL Group's Chair Doan Nguyen Duc.

The financing contract of HAGL Joint Stock Company with the Lao Football Federation took effect in September 2012 and will last until August 2014. The total value of the contract is $200,000.

Caption: HAGL chairman Doan Nguyen Duc heavily invests in football in Laos.

Before that, through cooperation with the Japan Football Association, the Lao Football Federation signed contracts with two coaches Kiyoshi Sekiguchi and Kimura Koikichi to recruit them as the technical director and the coach of the national football team.

The new coach of the Lao national team, Mr. Kokichi Kimura, was a former striker of the Yokohama F. Marinos FC (Japan). After that, he became a coach and then the chief coach of Yokohama F. Marinos FC in 2008.

In addition to the financing contract with the Lao Football Federation, HAGL established the Hoang Anh Attapeu football team in August 2012. The team will attend the Lao Prime Minister Cup in November and then the Lao League 2013.

HAGL Chairman Doan Nguyen Duc also plans to sponsor the Lao League 2013 as a major sponsor, and will build a football academy in the model of the HAGL – JMG – Arsenal academy in Attapeu province, where HAGL has many investment projects.

This is not the first time HAGL supports the Lao Football Federation. From 2008 to 2010, Duc helped Laos prepare for the SEA Games 2009 in Vientiane, sponsored the training courses of the women’s and men’s football teams of Laos in Gia Lai, Vietnam and paid salary for coach Riedl of the Laos U23 team at the SEA Games 25.

Lao men’s soccer team is now in Yangon (Myanmar) to prepare for the qualifier round of the AFF Cup 2012, which will take place from October 5 to 13.

S. Tung