Vietnam women’s football coach Mai Duc Chung “ready” to replace Nguyen Huu Thang

Vietnam national women’s football team coach Mai Duc Chung is ready to lead the men’s squad after Nguyen Huu Thang decided to resign on Thursday.

Chung was an assistant coach for former Vietnam national team coach Alfred Riedl. He took on the role of interim manager after the Austrian was sacked by Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) in 2008.

The 65-year-old had lead Vietnam U-23 team to the third round of 2008 Olympic men’s football qualification and was praised for earning some impressive wins for the team.

However, he was terminated contract by VFF due to unsatisfactory results in the 24th SEA Games in Myanmar, where his side suffered from disastrous 5-0 defeat to Singapore U-23 in the bronze game.

“I had been in charge of men’s team, but the women’s side also needs a coach. However, if VFF makes an offer for me to take over the men’s team, then I’m ready to accept that role,” Chung said to

On Thursday, Vietnam took home the SEA Games gold medal in women’s football after trouncing hosts Malaysia 6-0 on Thursday, stealing the spotlight of their male counterpart’s defeat to Thailand.

This is their fifth SEA Games championship since women’s football was introduced to the region’s biggest sporting competition.