Participants of the meeting pose for a group photo (Source: VNA)

Vientiane (VNA) – Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Nguyen Ba Hung on November 6 visited the national football team, wishing them good luck for their first match against Laos in the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup 2018 on November 8.

The diplomat was accompanied by representatives of Vietnamese agencies and business community in Laos.

Talking to the footballers, Hung called on the whole team to uphold the spirit of solidarity, determination, and fair play.    

He expected that the team will play with the highest determination for victory at the upcoming match, creating a driving force for their AFF Suzuki Cup journey.

On behalf of the team, Vice President of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) Tran Quoc Tuan pledged that the players will do their best at the Group A match against Laos and will strive to top the group to gain advantages in the next rounds.

On the occasion, Hung presented over 4,000 USD, which was donated by the embassy’s staff and Vietnamese firms in Laos, to encourage the team.

The AFF Cup will be held at 12 different stadiums in Southeast Asian nations from November 8 to December 15.

This year, the tournament will feature a new playing format, with both home and away ties.

After the match against Laos, Vietnam will meet Malaysia at Hanoi’s My Dinh Stadium on November 16, Myanmar in Yangon on November 20 and Cambodia at Hanoi’s Hang Day Stadium on November 24.

Vietnam is looking to win the regional title after a 10-year wait. They won the AFF Cup for the first time in 2008.-VNA