New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam Tredene Dobson said she feels greatly inspired by the Vietnamese women’s national football team during a special meeting on Saturday.
The New Zealand Embassy in Hanoi and the Hanoi Association for Women Entrepreneurs organized a meeting with the participation of special speakers and guests on the occasion of the FIFA Women's World Cup trophy making a stop in Vietnam.
New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam Tredene Dobson, head coach of the Vietnamese women’s national football team Mai Duc Chung, winner of the 2008 Golden Ball Do Thi Ngoc Cham, and Lam Tuc Ngan – the first Vietnamese to attend the Ironman World Triathlon Championship – were among the participants.
At the event, Dobson said she felt truly inspired by the 'golden girls' of Vietnam, adding that the Vietnamese team’s first participation in the FIFA Women's World Cup has spread inspirational messages.
They have proven that through strength, perseverance, and a lot of practice, one can achieve their dreams, the ambassador stated.
The girls have a big opportunity and they are going to give it their all, she continued, adding that a large Vietnamese community in Auckland will cheer for the national team.
Coach Chung took the occasion to thank the host New Zealand for the thoughtful welcome when he and his team had a survey trip to this country before the tournament.
In response, Ambassador Dobson joked that the head coach of the Vietnamese women's team should be the New Zealand tourism ambassador after he retired.
The final round of the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup takes place from July 20 to August 20, 2023 in Australia and New Zealand.
The Vietnamese women's team won tickets to the tournament for the first time in history.
According to the draw results, the Vietnamese women's national football team are in Group E along with the U.S., the Netherlands, and Portugal.
It is an honor for the team to win tickets to the tournament, coach Chung told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on the sidelines of the event, adding that he will set appropriate goals for the team to strive for.
The training plan has been discussed and agreed upon by the Vietnam Football Federation.
The team will regroup on March 10, participate in the Women’s Olympic Football Asian qualifiers in April and Southeast Asian Games in May, before preparing for the FIFA Women's World Cup.