HANOI (25 Dec 2011) – With Sergio Gargelli’s contract as the chief coach of the Vietnam Futsal team having been extended until 2014, the team is now gearing up for what will be a busy season next year.
“Our players are enjoying good conditions, such as meals and accommodations. But the poor lighting and uneven field of the training centre have a strong impact on my players. But we have the chance to go further in the continental and world competitions,” said Gargelli.
After winning the silver medal at the SEA Games in Jakarta last month, the team is not in a confident mood as they prepare for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Futsal Championship ASEAN zone qualifier which will be held on 21-26 February 2012 in Thailand at the Krungthep-Thonburi Indoor Stadium.
Vietnam are in Group B of the qualifiers against Australia, Malaysia and Cambodia while Group A are Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines. Only the top three teams from the qualifiers will advance to the finals which will be held in the United Arab Emirates in May.
After the AFC qualifiers, Vietnam will also be taking part in the AFF Futsal Championship 2012 which has been slated for 15-23 April which is useful in preparing the squad for the meet in UAE should they make the cut.
The final tournament of the year for Vietnam Futsal will be the 2nd Ha Noi Futsal Open to be held on 10-16 October 2012.