HCM City to Host Asian Women’s Football Cup

The Asian Football Confederation has selected Ho Chi Minh City as the venue for the 2008 AFC Women’s Championship from May 28 to June 8 where eight teams including Viet Nam will compete.

Viet Nam women's team

It will be the first time the tournament is played in Viet Nam, and this is good news for the Vietnamese women, who are preparing for the event with a high spirit as they won their all three qualifying matches over Chinese Taipei, Iran and Myanmar in late March.

The drawing ceremony for the Asian Cup will be held in HCMC on April 18.

With defending champions China and runners-up Australia chosen as seeds for the two groups, the six other teams in the tournament are 2006 Asian Games (Asiad) champions North Korea, Asiad runners-up Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and Viet Nam. North Korea and Japan will not be in the same group.

Chinese-born coach Chen Yun Fat said his Vietnamese team is in a position to stun their opponents. “We will not attend the Asian Cup as the underdogs. We are working very hard to ensure out best performance.”

He added Australia, China, Japan, North Korea and South Korea are stronger than Viet Nam but his squad will play self-confidently in order not be the minnows. 

Reported by Minh Tuong

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