Midfielder Do Hung Dung and forward Huynh Nhu, who captained Vietnam’s squads that won double gold medals in men’s and women’s football, respectively, at the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, were named winners of the 2019 Vietnam Golden Ball, the country’s most prestigious individual football awards, on Tuesday.
Dung beat his national teammates Nguyen Quang Hai and Nguyen Trong Hoang to take home the Golden Ball during the awards ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City.
Hai won the Silver Ball while Hoang won the Bronze Ball.
The three all played at the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines, which wrapped up with Vietnam lifting the trophy in Manila after a 60-year dry spell.
Hai suffered from an injury in the tournament’s group stage and was benched for the rest of Vietnam’s run, while Dung put in an outstanding performance in his vital role as the team’s captain.
|Do Hung Dung (center), Nguyen Quang Hai (right) and Nguyen Trong Hoang (left), winners of the 2019 Vietnam Golden Ball, Silver Ball, and Bronze Ball, respectively, react after receiving the individual football awards at a ceremony held by Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Saigon) newspaper in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, May 26, 2020. Photo: N.K. / Tuoi Tre|
In the women’s category, forward and national team captain Cu Thi Huynh Nhu won the Golden Ball for the second time since 2016, followed by Chuong Thi Kieu and Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung, who won the Silver Ball and Bronze Ball, respectively.
Nhu, Kieu, and Dung were key players in the Vietnam national team, helping the country claim the first place in women’s football at the SEA Games for the record sixth time in the Philippines.
In the 2019 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Women's Championship in August last year, the team clinched their third AFF title after beating hosts Thailand 1-0 in the finale.
They also finished 2019 in the top 32 of the FIFA Women’s World Rankings.
The team also made it to the final round of the FIFA Olympic Qualifying 2020, where they were eliminated by Australia in the last play-off.
|Doan Van Hau's father (right) receives the the best young male player prize on behalf of his son and Nguyen Thi Tuyet Ngan (left) receives the the best young female player title at the 2019 Vietnam Golden Ball awards ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City, May 26, 2020. Photo: N.K. / Tuoi Tre|
The 2019 Golden Ball Awards also named defender Doan Van Hau and forward Nguyen Thi Tuyet Ngan the best young players in the male and female categories, respectively.
Senegal’s Pape Omar Faye of Hanoi FC, which took the top-tier V.League 1 2019 title and reached the AFC Cup inter-zone final, was named the best foreign player.
Tuesday night’s awards ceremony also presented the futsal Golden Ball to Tran Van Vu, marking the third time he had won the prize.
|Park Hang Seo (center) and Mai Duc Chung (left) react after receiving a special prize recognizing their contributions to Vietnamese football at the 2019 Vietnam Golden Ball awards ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City, May 26, 2020. Photo: N.K. / Tuoi Tre|
South Korean Park Hang Seo and Vietnamese Mai Duc Chung, who are the managers of the national men’s and women’s teams, respectively, were honored with a special prize recognizing their contributions to Vietnamese football.
The Vietnam Golden Ball has been given annually by the Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Saigon) daily newspaper since 1995 to recognize the efforts of players who have contributed to the popular sport in the Southeast Asian country.