PM sends congratulations to U23 Vietnam hinh anh 1 Football players of U23 Vietnam (in white) and  Syria on January 17 (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has congratulated the U23 Vietnam on their success at the Asian Football Confederation U23 Championship, going through to the quarter-finals.

Vietnamese footballers drew their Syrian rivals in the last group match on January 17 in China, earning a slot in the quarterfinals of the tournament for the first time in history.

With four points after three games, Vietnam ranked second behind the Republic of Korea and became one of the eight strongest teams in the continental competition.

In his congratulatory letter, the Prime Minister said he was very glad to hear from the U23 Vietnam team. They gave good performance at the continental tournament to enter the quarterfinals for the first time, bringing pride to the nation, and showing the young Vietnamese generation’s will.

He praised the effort of head coach Park Hang-seo and the whole team. He hoped that they will continue shining in the next match.

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien also sent a letter of congratulations to the U23 squad.

The Minister announced a bonus of 200 million VND (9,000 USD) to the U23s. At the same time the Vietnam Football Federation also delivered a 1.4 billion VND (63,000 USD) bonus for their miracle in China. - VNA