The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) yesterday handed over VND1 billion (US$49,000), which is part of ticket sales from the Vietnam – Qatar game held yesterday in Hanoi, to the Truong Sa fund.
VFF chairman Nguyen Trong Hy (C) hands over VND1 billion to Tuoi Tre's chief editor Pham Duc Hai (L) and Navy leader Hoang Ngoc Duong on July 28 in Hanoi Photo: Tuoi Tre
VFF’s chairman Nguyen Trong Hy gave the sum to Tuoi Tre’s editor-in-chief Pham Duc Hai and Navy leader Hoang Ngoc Duong during a ceremony on Hanoi’s My Dinh national stadium before the start of the game of the World Cup qualifying round.
“It represents patriotism of our footballers and football experts and fans,” Hy stressed.
Vietnamese star striker Le Cong Vinh told Tuoi Tre, “We footballers may not understand all the challenges our soldiers stationed in Truong Sa islands face on guarding the nationals sovereignty.
“We suffered injuries but it couldn’t be compared. As all other Vietnamese people, we wish to contribute to the national construction.”
Colonel Duong praised, “The sum implies great political significance in our efforts of defending the nation’s unity. It warms the hearts of our soldiers in the front line.”
Established by Tuoi Tre newspaper for two months and a half, the “Let’s Build Truong Sa” fund has received almost VND12.5 billion ($610,000).
Vietnam defeated Qatar 2-1 in the second leg game in Hanoi, but lost 4-2 on aggregate.