A gas station chain in Long An Province, located in southern Vietnam, has a unique way of supporting the Vietnamese national football team at the ongoing 2018 AFF Championship: offering free gas to customers having the same name as four key Vietnamese players who scored in recent matches.
Customers whose first name is either ‘Hai’, ‘Phuong’, ‘Huy’ or ‘Hung’ are eligible for up to VND50,000 (US$2.15) worth of free gas until the end of Saturday.
The rare promotion was initially launched on December 7 for customers with the ‘Hai’ and ‘Phuong’ first names, following excellent performances by players Quang Hai and Cong Phuong in the semifinals that put Vietnam in the AFF finals for the first time in ten years.
‘Huy’ and ‘Hung’ were added to the list later on Thursday this week, after players Duc Huy and Huy Hung scored two important goals on away soil in the first-leg final of the Southeast Asian football tournament on Wednesday, where Vietnam were held to a 2-2 draw by their Malaysian opponents.
Those who buy more than VND50,000 worth of gas must pay the difference, whereas those who buy less than the value cannot cash out the rest of the money.
In order to take the offer, customers must simply present their ID cards to an employee at any filling station run by Tay Nam Bo Company in Long An Province.
“Over 100 customers have enjoyed the promotion so far today,” a Tay Nam Bo employee said on Saturday afternoon, a few hours before the second-leg final kicks off in Hanoi.
“It’s a one-time promotion, but I will definitely return to this gas station in the future to support its owner because of his love [for the national football team],” said Tran Thanh Hung, a customer.
Vietnam will face Malaysia at 7:30 pm on Saturday at My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi for the final showdown of the 2018 AFF Championship.
The two teams are currently drawn with an aggregate score of 2-2 after the first-leg match, but Vietnam are at an advantage for netting two away goals.
Vietnam need a simple win or a draw of two goals to lift the trophy in front of their spectators.