U23 Vietnam ​are ​welcomed by thousands of football fans.(Source: VNA)

 Hanoi (VNA) – U23 Vietnam and their coaches arrived at Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi, on January 28 afternoon, concluding their incredible journey at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U23 Championship in China where they claimed the silver medal. 

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam and leaders of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Vietnam Sports Administration, the Vietnam Football Federation and the Vietnam Youth Football Training Centre joined thousands of football fans at the airport to welcome the team.

The Deputy PM congratulated the squad on their outstanding performance at the AFC U23 Championship final which took place on Changzhou, China, on January 27, and expressed his hope that they will carry forward the competition spirit.

Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam congratulated ​U23 Vietnam on their outstanding performance at the AFC U23 Championship. (Source: VNA)

At the airport, U23 Vietnam’s head coach Park Hang Seo thanked the Vietnamese competent agencies and football lovers for their sentiments to U23 Vietnam

A ceremony is scheduled to be held at the My Dinh National Stadium by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to honour the footballers and their coach Park.  

Vietnam became the runner-up at the AFC U23 Championship after losing 1-2 to Uzbekistan in the final in Changzhou, China, on January 27.

The team defeated Australia 1-0 in the group stage. They won over Iraq in the quarterfinals and Qatar in the semifinals with penalty shootouts. With these achievements, Vietnam became the first Southeast Asian squad to compete at the AFC U23 final- VNA