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Vietnam completing final preparations for AFF Cup

Vietnam completing final preparations for AFF Cup

Thursday, November 15, 2012, 12:17 GMT+7

Vietnam will have a friendly game with a domestic club, and one last training session in Ho Chi Minh City before leaving for Thailand to begin the group stage of the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup on November 18, coach Phan Thanh Hung said Wednesday. The national team will play Khatoco Khanh Hoa at Nha Trang Stadium tonight (November 15) in its last friendly ahead of the AFF Cup. Money gained from ticket sales will be donated to the Khanh Hoa charity fund. The friendly will see the return of veteran midfielder Tan Tai after a knee injury. The team will leave for Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday to have a final practice session on home soil at the city’s Thong Nhat Stadium the following day, the coach told Tuoi Tre. “We will leave for Thailand at 8:50am November 20, instead of 5:50pm as earlier planned,” he said. The squad will thus arrive in the AFF Cup co-host nation two days ahead of the opening match, and the Vietnam Football Federation will have to lease a hotel for their accommodation, before joining other teams from Group A at the Golden Tulip hotel, as assigned by the organizers. The final 23-player list will be announced on November 19, the coach said. Vietnam will encounter Myanmar in the Group A opener on November 24 at Bangkok-based Rajamangala Stadium, while the Group B opener will see Indonesia challenge Laos a day later at Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur.

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