VFF hires local coach to lead national football team hinh anh 1Nguyen Huu Thang officially signed a two-year contract as new coach of Vietnam's football team. (Photo: baodongnai.com.vn)

Hanoi (VNA)
- Nguyen Huu Thang officially signed a two-year contract as new coach of Vietnamese football team at the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) in Hanoi on March 3.

"Today is a very important landmark in my life. I am very happy and proud at receiving a national task which every coach also wishes for.

"I hope the National Sports Administration, VFF, media and fans would support the national team. I also thank my colleagues and the authorities for backing me to take on this mission," Thang said.

Thang, who takes over the reins from Japanese Toshiya Miura, will coach the team to the finals of the AFF Cup 2016 and helping the Under-22 side win a gold at the South East Asian Games 2017.

"I will select a way of playing which is suitable with the Vietnamese body. At present, I do not want any pressures including in choosing players," Thang said.

Le Hoai Anh, VFF's General Secretary, said the VFF believes Thang has the professional knowledge, and it will create all the conditions for Thang's working.

After officially signing the contract, Vietnam faces Chinese Taipei on March 24 and Iraq on March 29 in the World Cup 2018 qualifiers.

Thang, 44, grew up and become famous from the Song Lam Nghe An training cradle. He played for the national squad from 1996 to 2002. After leaving his playing career, the former fullback player led Hanoi T&T and Song Lam Nghe An clubs. In 2011, he helped his hometown club toast the Eximbank V-League 2011 after a 10-year wait.-VNA