Released on 14 July 2006
Vietnamese Women’s Football Team heading
to Australia for AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2006
Hanoi – Australian Ambassador Bill Tweddell hosted a reception on Friday 14 July for the Vietnamese Women’s Football Team to bid them farewell and good luck ahead of their departure for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2006 to be held in Adelaide from 16 to 30 July.
Twenty players and seven officials will depart Hanoi for Adelaide on 16 July. The Vietnamese team has the best recent record amongst the three ASEAN countries (together with Myanmar and Thailand) which have qualified for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup.
“The Vietnamese women have a strong record and are sure to prove strong competition for the other teams. We in Australian Embassy hope they enjoy themselves in Australia and perform to their undoubted potential”– said Ambassador Tweddell.
“I enjoy football and admire the Vietnamese Women’s team. I believe they will be impressive in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2006” – said Mimi Hetzel, Second Secretary at the Australian Embassy.
The Vietnamese have kept the South East Asian Games title under lock-and-key since 2001 and are the undisputed pacesetters in the women’s game in the ASEAN region. Vietnam will be in the Group A, together with China PR, Japan and Chinese Taipei.
The Australian team will be in the Group B with PDR Korea, Republic of Korea, Myanmar and Thailand.
Inaugurated in 1975, the AFC Women’s Asian Cup (formerly the AFC Women’s Championship) has showcased the best of women’s football talent, largely from the Far East region.
This is the first time the Football Federation of Australia will join the AFC Women’s Asian Cup and will host a centralised AFC competition. Adelaide is the State capital of South Australia.
For further information please contact:
Nguyen Thi Thanh An
Public Affairs and Cultural Relations Manager
Tel. 04-8317755 Ext. 302 or Mobile: 0903 423 440