Vietnam’s No 1 keeper may miss chance to defend AFF Cup title hinh anh 1Vietnam’s No 1 keeper Dang Van Lam may miss chance to defend AFF Cup title. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) -
The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) has confirmed that No 1 goalkeeper Dang Van Lam may not participate in Vietnam’s campaign to defend the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Cup later this year.

VFF Vice President Tran Quoc Tuan said he will work with Korean head coach Park Hang-seo to prepare the team in case Lam fails to make the final list.

Lam is currently member of Muagthong United in the Thai League which is scheduled to be held from September 2020 to May 2021.

The AFF Cup is planned to be held from November 23 to December 31. It is not a competition in the official tournament calendar of the world football governing body FIFA and the Cup is not in the FIFA Days so clubs do not have to release their players. Lam is one of 30 ASEAN players competing in the Thai League.

“We have no choice because it is a regulation. We are to work with Park Hang-seo to set a plan in that case,” said Tuan.

Park has Tran Nguyen Manh of Viettel, Bui Tien Dung of HCM City, Nguyen Van Toan of Hai Phong FC and Nguyen Van Cong of Hanoi FC who have participated in different tournaments in the past.

Vietnam won their second AFF Cup trophy in 2018 after ten years by beating Malaysia 3-2 in a two-leg final./.