The Vietnamese national women’s football team has been promised approximately VND4 billion (US$170,525) in rewards following their successful title defense against Myanmar at the 2023 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Cambodia on Monday, solidifying their unwavering supremacy in the realm of regional women’s football.
The team took the gold medal in the SEA Games women’s football after triumphing over Myanmar with a hard-fought 2-0 victory.
Goals from captain Huynh Nhu and youngster Nguyen Thi Thanh Nha were enough for Vietnam to defend their title for the fourth successive tourney since 2017, while Myanmar picked up their first silver medal since 2005.
|Vietnamese striker Huynh Nhu celebrates her goal in the women’s football final against Myanmar at the 2023 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Cambodia, May 15, 2023. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre|
The victory also marked Vietnam’s eighth SEA Games women’s football gold since 2001, maintaining their run as the most successful team in regional women’s football history.
The nation only took a break from the top spot on the podium in 2007 and 2013, when they won the silver medal, and in 2011 and 2015, when hosts Indonesia and Singapore ruled out women’s football, respectively.
Following the title defense, the Vietnam Football Federation announced cash rewards totaling VND3.6 billion ($153,510) for the national women’s football team, including VND2 billion ($85,285) for the final game triumph and VND1.6 billion ($68,225) for wins in the group stage and semifinals.
|Vietnamese players celebrate a goal in the women’s football final against Myanmar at the 2023 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Cambodia, May 15, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khoi / Tuoi Tre|
Mobile and Internet network provider Viettel Group in Cambodia pledged an amount of VND200 million ($8,528) to the team.
Each of the players is also entitled to VND45 million ($1,919) in cash rewards for the gold medal as per a government decree.
Monday’s new gold medal is especially significant for Vietnam, as they prepare to make their first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup appearance in New Zealand and Australia later this summer.
|Vietnamese players receive gold medals following their triumph over Myanmar in the women’s football final at the 2023 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Cambodia, May 15, 2023. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre|
Vietnam have been drawn in Group E alongside reigning champions the U.S., the Netherlands, and Portugal.
They will kick off their 2023 Women’s World Cup campaign against the U.S. on July 22, 2023 at 1:00 pm (local time) in Auckland.
Vietnam will then play Portugal on July 27, followed by the Netherlands on August 1.