U17 Vietnam departs for Qatar to continue preparing for the 2023 AFC U17 Asian Cup
After about 10 hours of flight, at 13:30 (local time) this afternoon, the U17 Vietnam was present in Doha-Qatar for training and friendly match.
The flight of coach Hoang Anh Tuan’s team departed at 9:40 a.m, flew directly to Qatar and landed at 13:30 (local time). U17 Vietnam will have 4 days of training here with a very quality friendly match against host U17 Qatar on May 21.
Head of delegation Tran Van Quynh said that the flight was convenient, immigration procedures were quick and it was important that the health of the whole team was good. Tonight, the team went to the field to quick practice.
After 2 periods of training in the country, the players are very excited and ready for the international friendly and training days. At the end of this phase, U17 Vietnam will move to Japan to enter the next phase, from 22 May to 5 June. During the training period in Japan, the team will continue to have 3 more friendly matches against clubs here.
The training plans have been agreed by the coaching staff and VFF to create the best conditions for the players before starting to compete in the 2023 AFC U17 Asian Cup, which will take place from June 15 to July 2 2023.
According to the draw results, the U17 Vietnam is in Group D along with Japan, India and Uzbekistan. Meanwhile, host Thailand is in Group A along with Yemen, Malaysia and Laos. Group B is a race between Korea, Iran, Afghanistan and Qatar, while Group C is a competition of Tajikistan, Australia, Saudi Arabia and China.
Teams compete in a one-round robin format for each group. The first and second teams in each group will advance to the quarterfinals. The four winners in the quarter-finals will advance to the semi-finals, and also qualify for the 2023 FIFA U17 World Cup in October.