Sports news in brief – April 23

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Sports news in brief – April 23

Most of the sporting news published by local media today revolves around the head coach position at some football clubs and the national squad.

Cong Minh Coach Tran Cong Minh cheered with a footballer during his happy time with Dong Tam Long An Photo: Tuoi Tre

* Cong Minh returns to lead Dong Thap

Coach Tran Cong Minh, who last week said goodbye to Dong Tam Long An Club, on April 21 took up the post of head coach of TDCS Dong Thap to replace Coach Trang Van Thanh, who will return to his old post of leading the club’s young squad.

A former Dong Thap footballer, Minh pledged to help the club continue to play at the V-League next year, and will receive a monthly salary of VND30 million (US$1,440).

His first challenge will be the match against Vissai Ninh Binh at the 15th round of the V-League this weekend.

Meanwhile, the vacancy Minh left at the Long An-based club has been filled by Portuguese coach Francisco Vital, who took up the post only three days later.

Coach Vital is not new to local football, as he led DongA Bank club in the 2002-2003 season, and Binh Duong in 2009.

As for the national football squad’s head coach position, Coach Phan Thanh Hung of Hanoi T&T said on April 20 that he is willing to take the helm.

Earlier, two other young coaches, Le Huynh Duc of SHB Da Nang and Nguyen Huu Thang of SLNA said they also want to lead the national team.

“If the three nominees all accept to work for the national squad in a long term of 1-2 years, VFF will select the most appropriate one,” said VFF Chairman Nguyen Trong Hy.

* Two local athletes grab Olympic tickets

22-year-old fencing athlete Nguyen Tien Nhat of Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday earned a place in the 2012 London Olympic Games after finishing second at the Fencing Asian & Oceanian Olympic Qualification Tournament 2012.

Nhat was defeated 7 – 15 by seasoned rival Kudayev Rusland of Uzbekistan at the finale of the event taking place in Japan.

Earlier, the International Federation of Gymnastics has added Vietnamese athlete Do Thi Ngan Thuong into the list of official competitors at London this summer.

Thuong achieved a ticket in the qualifications held in London last January, and was awarded the ticket this time from an official athlete who withdrew from the Games due to injury.

Vietnamese gymnastics now has three representatives at the Olympic, including Ha Thanh, Phuoc Huong, and Ngan Thuong.

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