Naturalized striker Hoang Vu Samson
The newly-appointed coach Nguyen Huu Thang of Vietnam national team said he wanted general public to show more support for naturalized players who could play key roles in the national team.
“I want a strong pool of players to select from, so that I can build a stronger, better national team. We shouldn’t discriminate between players who were born in Vietnam and players who were born and raised in a foreign country but has obtained Vietnamese citizenship”, Huu Thang said in a press conference.
“I hope general public will be more supportive of the naturalized players, so they can have a chance to play for the national team if they deserve it,” the 44 year-old coach said.
Nguyen Huu Thang said he saw former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola as a model, citing his team-building abilities as a major influence on himself.