RoK, Vietnam lawmakers to hold first friendly football match hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Photo: VNA)

Seoul (VNA) -  Lawmakers of the Republic of Korea (RoK) and Vietnam will have their first friendly football match in Hanoi later this month, Yonhap News Agency reported.

Twenty-five RoK lawmakers, including members of the RoK-Vietnam Parliamentary Friendship Association, will make a four-day trip to Hanoi, beginning on January 17, to hold various exchange events, the agency quoted officials from the RoK Embassy in Vietnam as saying.

Notably, lawmakers from both countries plan to hold a friendly football match at Hang Day Stadium in the Vietnamese capital on January 18.

It will be the first time that RoK and Vietnamese lawmakers play football together. It will also be the first time that Vietnamese lawmakers play football with their counterparts from other countries.

Embassy officials said the two countries' friendly relations, attributed largely to the popularity of Park Hang-seo, the RoK head coach of the Vietnamese national football team, appear to be spreading to the political circles.

RoK lawmakers have so far held 11 friendly football matches with their Japanese counterparts but have never engaged in football diplomacy with lawmakers of other countries.-VNA