New Zealand Prime Minister meets and exchanges with Vietnam women’s team
Within the framework of a business trip to Vietnam, this afternoon (November 15), New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had a meeting with representatives of the Vietnam Sport Adminstration, leaders of the Vietnam Football Federation and the Vietnamese women’s team at the Hilton hotel, Hanoi.
The meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had the presence of the Director General of the Vietnam Sports Administration Dang Ha Viet; Vice President of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) Nguyen Trung Kien, General Secretary of the Vietnam Football Federation Duong Nghiep Khoi, head coach of the Vietnam women’s national team Mai Duc Chung, members of the coaching assistants and players: Chuong Thi Kieu, Pham Thi Hai Yen, Thai Thi Thao, Hoang Thi Loan, and Nguyen Thi Thanh Nha.
In a cozy meeting, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern sent greetings to coach Mai Duc Chung and members of the Vietnamese women’s team especially asked about the injury situation of center-back Chuong Thi Kieu. Mrs. Jacinda Ardern expressed that she was very happy to have met with the head coach of the Vietnamese women’s team in New Zealand during the trip to attend the draw ceremony for the FIFA World Cup 2023. At the time of the draw, she was very hopeful that the Vietnamese women’s team would compete in New Zealand and it was true.
Sharing about the 2023 FIFA World Cup finals co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia, the New Zealand Prime Minister said that this is the first time New Zealand has hosted one of the three biggest sporting events on the planet. This is a huge pride for New Zealand. New Zealand has had experience organizing a few tournaments before and welcomed about 20,000 – 30,000 people to attend. In the near future, surely the number of visitors and spectators to New Zealand will be more and more. New Zealand is very happy about this.
In the group stage of the FIFA World Cup 2023, the Vietnamese women’s team is in Group E with the USA, the Netherlands, and the winner of Group A in the play-off round. With the strong opponents in Group E of the Vietnamese women’s team, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern affirmed that New Zealand will welcome and create conditions for the Vietnamese women’s team as a home team here and the Vietnamese women’s team will receive enthusiastic support from New Zealanders. Mrs. Ardenrn also introduced to the team members the cities where the Vietnam women’s team will play, including her hometown in Hamilton, where the second match of the team will take place. She emphasized that New Zealand will not only be the host country at this tournament but will also be passionate fans of the Vietnam team.
At the meeting, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave the members of the Vietnamese women’s team a special gift from New Zealand, in order to contribute to the preparation of the team’s journey at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Sharing about the meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, head coach of the Vietnam women’s team Mai Duc Chung said: “Despite a very busy schedule, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern still took time to meet the Vietnam women’s team. This is an honor for us and I personally would like to thank the Prime Minister. These are just the first steps, opening up many opportunities for Vietnamese sports. Our football still needs to learn a lot from our friends. New Zealand and FIFA are well prepared for next year’s tournament. Through today’s meeting, with the attention of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, we are even more assured of the upcoming journey. The Vietnam women’s team will try harder to meet the expectations of leaders, the Ministry of Culture – Sports – Tourism, the Vietnam Sports Administration, VFF, the sponsors, and fans.
Before ending the meeting, on behalf of the whole team, vice-captain Pham Hai Yen thanked the Prime Minister for her affection and concern for the Vietnam women’s team and affirmed that the whole team will make effort and give the best at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 in New Zealand.