Vietnam are hoping to start their under-23 men’s football (soccer) campaign at the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games with a big victory over Brunei in Singapore on Friday.
The Vietnamese will take on Brunei in their Group B opener at 3:00 pm (Vietnam time) at Bishan Stadium.
The match will be broadcast live in Vietnam on VTV6.
“We are eager for this opening game. We will defeat Brunei to create psychological relaxation for the coming matches that will be more tense,” said Vietnamese striker Mac Hong Quan.
Japanese coach Toshiya Miura of Vietnam said he will field his best players to ensure an emphatic win in the opening game.
Vietnam are aiming for a rout to create an advantage in goals scored for their possible race with other archrivals like Thailand and Malaysia in the group to advance to the next round.
The Vietnamese have won each of the last three encounters with Brunei at the SEA Games, scoring 20 goals and conceding only one.
At this edition of the multi-sport tournament, Brunei are ‘powered’ by Faiq Bolkiah, a 17-year-old star striker trained at the Chelsea football academy and included in the Chelsea U-18s squad.
Mohd Amirrizal, head of the Brunei sports delegation in Singapore, admitted, “We are hopeful with Bolkiah. He can play good football and will play an important role in our attacks.”
After the Vietnam – Brunei game, reigning champions Thailand will face Laos at 7:30 pm the same day.
Vietnam are in Group B with Timor-Leste, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, and Brunei. The other group – Group A – includes hosts Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia, and the Philippines.
The 28th SEA Games will officially open in Singapore on June 5 and close on June 16.
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