Vietnamese defender Doan Van Hau (Photo: foxsportsasia.com)

Hanoi (VNA)
- Vietnamese defender Doan Van Hau is named among five U-21 stars predicted to play well in the upcoming Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup 2019 by the foxsportsasia.com.

Hau, who has won the best young male footballer of the country, was an integral part of Vietnam’s squad that lifted the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup trophy. The young full-back made seven starts, including in both legs of the final, and also provided one assist.

“Just 19 years old, Hau has already cemented his spot in Hanoi’s defence, winning the league this past season, and has earned 10 national caps as well. Vietnam had one of the youngest squads in the Suzuki Cup, and that is set to continue in the Asian Cup as well, with coach Park Hang-seo’s focus on youth,” the website wrote.

Besides Hau, the website also named four young stars including Ahmed Abdul-Ridha of Iraq, who helped his team win the AFC Cup in 2016 and 2017, Jasurbek Yakhshiboev of Uzbekistan, Alex Gersbach of Australia, and Ritsu Doan of Japan.

The AFC Asian Cup 2019 will be held in the United Arab Emirates from January 5 to February 1.-VNA