National football team to return home on June 17 after match against UAE hinh anh 1Vietnamese football team (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – A Bamboo Airways flight bringing the Vietnamese football team will land at Da Nang International Airport on June 17 morning, instead of Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport as in an initial plan.

The adjustment is made due to complex developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ho Chi Minh City.

They may be quarantined in the central city of Da Nang.

Five players of Viettel club - Que Ngoc Hai, Bui Tien Dung, Nguyen Trong Hoang, Nguyen Thanh Binh and Nguyen Hoang Duc - will not return home with the team. They will fly to Bangkok, Thailand, to prepare for AFC Champions League qualifiers.

At 23:45 on June 15, Vietnam will have the "final" match of Group G against the United Arab Emirates in the second round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers.

Vietnam with 17 points need only a draw to make history to advance to the third and also final round of World Cup qualification. A loss with minimum result could also be enough as they may qualify as the best second-placed team.

Meanwhile the hosts, on 15 points, must win to take top place and qualify, otherwise they would be ousted./.