Italian to replace sacked coach

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Italian to replace sacked coach

Photo: vnmedia The decision to dismiss Pattaya was taken after Viet Nam failed to get through the stage group in the futsal competition at the third Asian Indoor Games last November in HCM City.

VietNamNet Bridge – The Viet Nam Football Federation has sacked Piemkum Pattaya of Thailand and named Italian Sergio Gargelli as the new coach of the national futsal team.

The Thai coach had a successful spell earlier, helping Viet Nam finish second at the ASEAN Football Federation Futsal Championships last June, beating Indonesia in the semi-finals.

Gargelli, who comes from a country that is strong in futsal, is a young coach. He has previous coaching experience in Japan, but has never coached a national futsal team.

"My current contract with VFF is only for two months. Whether the contract will be renewed or not will depend on the results in the Asian Football Confederation Futsal Championships Southeast Asian Zone Qualifiers in Indonesia next month," the Italian said.

He did not reveal how much the VFF will pay him for the first two months.

Futsal squad for Asian qualifiers named

Nguyen Van Huy (from Thai Son Bac team), Tran Trung Kien (Thai Son Bac), Dang Phuoc Anh (Thai Son Bac), Pham Minh Giang (Thai Son Nam), Huynh Ba Tuan (Thai Son Nam), Nguyen Trong Thien (Thai Son Nam), Truong Quoc Tuan (Thai Son Nam), Huynh Thuc Duc (Thai Son Nam), Nguyen Anh Khoa (Thai Son Nam), Nguyen Bao Quan (Thai Son Bac), Nguyen Quang Minh (Thai Son Bac), Tran Quang Duy (Thai Son Bac), Ngo Duy Khanh (Thai Son Bac), Nguyen Hoang Giang (Thai Son Bac), Nguyen Dinh Hoang (Thai Son Bac), Tran Hoang Vinh (O to Pham Gia), Le Quoc Khuong (O to Pham Gia).

"If Viet Nam qualifies for the finals, I will continue working with VFF. Otherwise, my contract will be terminated."

Gargelli said he was not very happy with existing facilities, which are located in a warehouse and lacks sufficient lighting, but added, "we would have to deal with it."

The Asean Zone qualifiers for the AFC Futsal Championship 2010 will take place from February 20-25 at the Jakarta Tennis Indoor Stadium in Indonesia.

Eight teams from ASEAN are divided into two groups. Viet Nam is in Group B along with Malaysia, Cambodia, and the Philippines.

Teams in both groups will compete in a round robin format with the two top teams going through to the semifinals.

Semifinal winners and the winner of the third place match will qualify for the finals.

Viet Nam will play their first match on February 20 against Cambodia, followed by matches against the Philippines and Malaysia.

VietNamNet/Viet Nam News

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