The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the South Korea counterpart in Hanoi on Thursday.
The two-year partnership deal includes cooperation on youth development, as well as coach and referee exchange programs between VFF and the Korea Football Association (KFA).
In addition, the two football governing bodies agreed to send experienced trainers to support the national football academies, share experience in football management and regulations, as well as knowledge of sports medicine and rehabilitation.
At the signing ceremony, VFF President Le Hung Dung valued the Vietnam – South Korea football cooperation. Moreover, he praised Vietnam national team coach Park Hang-seo, who led the Vietnamese side to finish runners-up at the Asian Football Confederation U-23 Championship in January.
For his part, KFA president Chung Mong-gyu expressed his admiration for the success of U-23 Vietnam team in the AFC U-23 Asian Championship campaign. “Not only me but the Korean people are very happy and we support the success of your team,” Chung said, as quoted by An Ninh Thu Do Newspaper.
“We hope Vietnam football will outperform at Asia level and achieve greater success in the future. We will provide support for Vietnam’s football development” he added.
On the same day, South Korean president Moon Jae-in met Vietnam’s South Korean head coach, Park Hang-seo at VFF headquarter.
Mentioning about the hard-fought final at the U-23 Asian Cup, Moon told Park, “Vietnamese players may not have had much experience of games in the snow. I think they could have won if it had not been the heavy snow,” as quoted on the Korea Times.
“It is an honor for the President to visit me and the team,” Park said, adding he would make more efforts to live up to his encouragement.