Cong Phuong strikes once as Vietnam dismantle Philippines

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese coach Nguyen Huu Thang said that the Viet Nam national football team was determined to win the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games title this year. Viet Nam U22 team seen during a training session to prepare for the SEA Games.  Thang made the statement during a press conference on Group B matches at the Renaissance Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, yesterday. It is for the first time during the team’s campaign for the games that the coach has announced his team’s intention to go for the kill — the gold medal — at the men’s football event. “Viet Nam have trained for 10 days in South Korea to prepare for the tournament. Like any other team in the games, we have the belief and the determination to reach the highest podium. I hope that Viet Nam will bring its fans quality matches,” Thang said. Earlier, Thang said that Viet Nam were targeting to reach the final. Yesterday, Thang also announced the names of the 20 players who would take part in the SEA Games. The two goal keepers for the games are Bui Tien Dung of Thanh Hoa and Phi Minh Long of Ha Noi FC. In addition to them, Thang has convened six defenders, eight midfielders and four strikers, including Nguyen Cong Phuong of Hoang Anh Gia Lai, Ha Duc Chinh of Da Nang, Ho Tuan Tai of Song Lam Nghe An and Le Thanh Binh of Thanh Hoa. Viet Nam, a five-time silver medallist, have never won…... [read more]

Thang made the statement during a press conference on Group B matches at the Renaissance Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, on August 13. It is for the first time during the team’s campaign for the games that the coach has announced his team’s intention to go for the kill — the gold medal — at the men’s football event. Vietnam U22 team seen during a training session to prepare for the SEA Games. Photo: “Vietnam has trained for 10 days in the Republic of Korea to prepare for the tournament. Like any other teams in the games, we have the belief and the determination to reach the highest podium. I hope that Vietnam will bring its fans quality matches,” Thang said. Earlier, Thang said that Vietnam was targeting to reach the final. On August 13, Thang also announced the names of the 20 players who would take part in the SEA Games. Vietnam, a five-time silver medalist, have never won the coveted SEA Games football gold. They have been drawn in Group B, considered as the "group of death", along with Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Timor Leste, and the Philippines. The team will meet Timor Leste on August 15, Cambodia on August 17, the Philippines on August 20, Indonesia on August 22, and Thailand two days later. The head coach of Timor Leste, Kim Shin-hwan, said the opening match with Vietnam would be difficult for his team, but it would try…... [read more]

ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh speaks at the ceremony (Photo: VNA) Jakarta (VNA) – The Secretariat of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) hosted a ceremony at its headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia, on August 11 to celebrate the bloc’s 50th founding anniversary (August 8). The event was attended by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh and Deputy Secretaries-General, the foreign ministers of Indonesia and Malaysia, along with a number of officials from ASEAN member states, and representatives of international and non-governmental organisations and ASEAN’s partner countries. Addressing the ceremony, Secretary-General Minh said ASEAN has been strongly developing over the past five decades and becoming an important region, contributing greatly to peace, security and prosperity in Southeast Asia and the world. The association has made considerable progress to become one of the successful and effective regional organisations in terms of regional peace and security, economic integration, and institutional building, he noted. However, the Secretary-General stressed that there remain a number of challenges facing ASEAN nowadays, adding that the association needs to continue supporting its member nations, partners, dialogue partners and other relevant parties. The group also needs to maintain solidarity to deal with complicated circumstances arising during the process of regional and global development, including the spread of extremism and terrorism, protectionism, proliferation of nuclear weapons, and tensions of maritime disputes. [Infographics: ASEAN at 50] In his speech, Indonesian President Joko Widodo urged ASEAN members to connect…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Twenty-four players left for South Korea yesterday to attend a 10-day training session to prepare for the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Malaysia. Vu Van Toan of Hoang Anh Gia Lai (left) in jersey of Viet Nam U22 team. Toan vies for the ball with K-League All Stars defenders in a friendly match held Saturday. Toan will train in South Korea. — Photo Coach Nguyen Huu Thang called three goal keepers; nine defenders including Vu Van Thanh of Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL), Doan Van Hau of Ha Noi FC and Ho Tan Tai of Binh Dinh; eight midfielders including four of HAGL and Lam Ti Phong of Khanh Hoa; four strikers, namely Nguyen Cong Phuong of HAGL, Ha Duc Chinh of Da Nang, Le Thanh Binh of Thanh Hoa and Ho Tuan Tai of Song Lam Nghe An. Viet Nam will have two friendly matches in South Korea. They face Mokpo City on August 5 and Busan on August 8. This is the last chance for the players to display their skills before Thang selects 20 of them for the regional sports event. At the SEA Games, Viet Nam are in group B alongside Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Timor Leste, and the Philippines. They face Timor Leste on the opening match on August 15, Cambodia on August 17, the Philippines on August 20, Indonesia on August 22 and defending champions Thailand two days later.  Source: VNS related news Coach Thang calls players for U22 team... [read more]

Mr Dung reiterated the long-lasting relationship between the two countries and said that the Vietnam-Indonesia Joint Declaration on the Framework of Friendly and Comprehensive Partner Entering the 21st century signed in 2003 has laid an important legal foundation for bringing bilateral relations to a new height, particularly in the fields of economics, trade and investment. He said the two countries have great potential for economic and trade cooperation, noting that bilateral trade reached US$1.7 billion last year and nearly US$1.5 billion in the first six months of 2007. Mr Dung witnessed the signing of a cooperative document between the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Vietnam and Indonesia, as well as business deals between the two countries’ groups. Earlier, Mr Dung had talks with Indonesian Vice President Yusuf Kalla who spoke highly of the effective cooperation between Vietnam and Indonesia at bilateral and multilateral forums. The Vice President expressed his belief that bilateral ties will further develop in all areas in the interests of the two nations and for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world. Mr Dung congratulated the Indonesian government on its achievements in national development and construction and reaffirmed Vietnam’s consistent policy of developing cooperative ties with Indonesia. On August 9 Mr Dung will call on the Vietnamese Embassy in Jakarta, receive representatives of several leading Indonesian business groups, and visit the ASEAN Secretariat where he will deliver a speech to mark the 40th anniversary of the group.... [read more]

The statement was made by Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh at a special Asia-Pacific ministerial meeting on MDGs held in Jakarta , Indonesia , on August 3-4. The meeting brought together 50 delegations from countries and territories inside and outside Asia-Pacific, including UN leaders and representatives of international organisations, to review the achievement of MDGs, sum up successful lessons, renew pledges and work out measures to boost MDGs productivity. Mr Minh reported Vietnam’s achievements in implementing MDGs, attributing these to the government’s integration of MDGs in the national development strategy, its mobilization of the people, as well as taking advantage of international cooperation in other fields. The participants adopted the Jakarta Declaration, in which they highlighted good experiences for boosting the implementation of MDGs in the region and the world, including a lesson on enhancing the cooperation model between the UN, the host country and donors as shown to be effective in Vietnam within the framework of one UN initiative. They agreed that the Asia-Pacific region has recorded many MDG achievements, including reducing the number of poor by nearly 50 percent from 1990, enabling 90 percent of children of school age to attend school, promoting gender equality, and mitigating the spread of HIV/AIDS and other contagious diseases. However, the region is still facing other challenges due to uneven MDG achievements between countries and even within countries. About 900 million people are still living under the poverty line, more than 60 percent of the regional population do not have access…... [read more]

The fair acts as a bridge for ASEAN entrepreneurs to promote their products to the world and provides an excellent opportunity for them to exchange experiences, while establishing a partner network. AYCIF organizing board representative Gilang Ageng Sulistyo said that the event will help ASEAN young entrepreneurs expand the connection network among entrepreneurs. The fair themed “Seizing Opportunities within Harmony” is set to get underway in Jakarta, Indonesia on August 29-30, and hopes to attract creative industry players throughout ASEAN region and Japan to discuss, network, and showcase their works and products. To kick-start AYCIF's series of events, this press conference also marks the official opening for the registration of the Creativepreneur Competition. The competition is divided into 4 categories based on each sub-sectors in the creative industry: Fashion, Craft & Product Design, Games & Applications, and Movie & Animation. Online registration can be made at the following address: [read more]

Vietnamese players looked very comfortable at the start of the game, realising coach Guillaume Graechen’s tactics and pressing their rivals into their home turf. Captain Cong Phuong missed the first chance to open the scoring for Vietnam on 10 minutes from a free kick, when the ball travelled past the horizontal bar. Four minutes later, Xuan Truong was awarded another free kick in front of the Singaporean goalie, but the ball went wide past the vertical wooden bar. On 17 minutes, Xuan Truong set up a ball for Tuan Tai, who then hammered in, giving Vietnam the lead. After the goal, Vietnamese players still kept the game under their control, turning down Singapore’s chance to produce any counterattacks. Five minutes after the interval, Tuan Tai again, who is said to succeed his veteran Van Quyen at Song Lam Nghe An FC, extended Vietnam’s lead from a superb kick. Captain Cong Phuong failed to slot in from Tuan Tai’s pass on 56 minutes, but he did not miss a chance after Vietnam was awarded a penalty kick two minutes later. Substitute Van Toan scored the fourth goal for Vietnam when the game had 7 minutes to go. At this year’s Hassanal Bolkiah Cup, Vietnam were pooled in Group B together with Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, and hosts Brunei. Vietnam will take on Malaysia on August 11, Indonesia on August 13, Brunei on August 16 and Cambodia on August 18.... [read more]

Participants speak at the symposium (Photo: VNA) Jakarta (VNA) – An international symposium took place at Shangri-La Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, on August 22 to look into maritime security in Asia, along with challenges and opportunities for peace, stability and sustainability. At the three panel discussions, scholars analysed current maritime security challenges, especially in the East Sea where China has ramped up activities threatening peace, security and stability in the region. They underscored the need to comply with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea so as to resolve sea-related security challenges, thereby helping maintain peace, stability and sustainable development. Many opinions shared the view that as ASEAN is an important stakeholder in the East Sea issue, the bloc’s member nations should promote their cooperation and optimise such frameworks as the ASEAN Regional Forum and the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting. They called on the regional countries to actively settle East Sea disputes through peaceful negotiations, which will also help ASEAN affirm its central role and growing stature in the world. At the symposium, participants also talked about ASEAN cooperation in fisheries, disaster prevention, navigation and customs. The event was held following The Hague tribunal’s ruling on the East Sea-related lawsuit filed by the Philippines against China. Arif Havas Oegroseno, Indonesia’s Deputy Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Resources, told Vietnam News Agency that ASEAN nations which are involved in East Sea disputes need to take stronger actions by making clear commitments on conduct in the waters.…... [read more]

Illustrative Image (Photo: reuters) Jakarta (VNA) – The second Counter-Terrorism Financing Summit wrapped up in Bali , Indonesia on August 11. During the 4- day event (August 8-11), representatives from participating countries agreed on measures to eliminate violence, including early detection and prevention of terrorism financing as well as methods to prevent baneful social sites which incite extremism, and recruit, connect and plan for terror attacks. Head of Indonesia’s Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (PPATK), Muhammad Yusuf, said the country which has over 17,000 islands, wishes to bolster cooperation with many countries in countering terrorism, to ensure national and regional security. He said the PPATK has discovered a huge amount of money which has been transferred into the country in recent times from at least 10 countries worldwide. The money is suspected to fund terrorist activities. According to Australian Attorney-General Senator George Brandis, terrorism networks try to exploit national border and the Internet to disseminate extremism, and plan for violent activities which have created a real threat to the globe; hence cooperation among nations is significant in the war to combat terrorism. The summit was also an open forum for international and regional partners to discuss issues on counter-terrorism, ensuring security and stability for the whole world.-VNA ASEAN Community... [read more]

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