Le Cong Vinh hopeful of Asian Cup spot for Vietnam

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star has indicated that his country’s aim is to qualify for the in UAE.

Ahead of the first group stage. which also serves as joint qualifying for the , The Golden Star were drawn into Group F along with Iraq, Chinese Taipei, and South-East Asia rivals Thailand and Indonesia.

Although the Becamex Binh Duong striker insisted that World Cup spot will not be a realistic target, he was confident that Toshiya Miura’s men can book a ticket to UAE in four years.

“The qualifiers will be a good opportunity for us to elevate our position in the international standings,” said the 29-year-old.

“Personally, I think it’s hard for us to reach the World Cup but not for Asian Cup, especially after the expansion [to 24 teams].”

Vietnam will host a friendly against North Korea on May 17 before starting their qualifying campaign against Thailand on May 24 in Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium.