[In Pictures] Vietnamese women’s team warmly welcomed home after World Cup
The Vietnamese women's football team arrived at Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi) at noon on August 3. A smaller group of seven players and coaching staff landed at Tan Son Nhat Airport at 11am.
At Noi Bai International Airport, Le Thi Hoang Yen, Deputy director of the General Department of Physical Education and Sports, welcomed the Vietnamese women's football team along with representatives of the Vietnam Football Federation and a large number of press agencies, media, and fans.
Coach Mai Duc Chung shared: "Overseas Vietnamese in New Zealand supporters held a farewell ceremony for us yesterday. It moved us deeply. Today, we are surprised to see many local supporters come to welcome us home. Thank you! Thank you!".
Coach Mai Duc Chung affirmed: “The Vietnamese women's team have had a great experience. We sang the national anthem on the away ground where we were watched by millions of supporters around the world. We played at the elite football level, and we learnt a lot from the other teams.".
"From the World Cup, we know who we are and need to improve a lot to catch up with world football. Vietnam is a leading team in the region but in greater Asia and the world, there are big gaps with other teams. More effort is needed to grow up.".
"We promise to practise harder and play better for the ASIAD 19 and the 2024 Olympic qualifiers," coach Mai Duc Chung said.