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Vietnam go top as Nguyen Tien Linh stunner gives them 1-0 win over 10-man UAE in World Cup Qualifiers

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A stunning strike from Nguyen Tien Linh was the difference between the two sides as Vietnam defeated United Arab Emirates (UAE) 1-0 in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers at the My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi on Thursday.

Vietnam went into the match level on points with ASEAN rivals Thailand in Group G of the qualification tournament, but their solitary goal victory over 10-man UAE lifted them to pole position in the pool which also features Malaysia and Indonesia.

UAE were handed a huge blow when they were reduced to 10 players after Khalifa Al Hammadi was given his marching orders in the 37th minute. And Vietnam took full advantage of the numerical advantage by scoring and holding on to an all-important win.

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Tien Linh, who had scored in Vietnam’s 3-1 win over Indonesia last month, received the ball with his back to the goal, but a brilliant turn and shot from almost 35 yards out left Al Ain FC goalkeeper Khalid Eisa with no chance whatsoever.

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With four matches played of the second round, Vietnam are now three points clear of Thailand, who were beaten 2-1 by Malaysia on Thursday, at the top while the Emiratis and Malaysians are now third and fourth with six points apiece. Indonesia are yet to open their accounts in Group G.

VIETNAM: Dang Van Lam, Que Ngoc Hai, Bui Tien Dung, Do Duy Manh, Doan Van Hau, Nguyen Trong Hoang (Nguyen Cong Phuong 58′), Nguyen Tuan Anh, Nguyen Quang Hai, Do Hung Dung, Nguyen Van Toan (Nguyen Phong Hong Duy 58′), Nguyen Tien Linh (Nguyen Anh Duc 81′)

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Khalid Eisa, Yousef Jaber, Waleed Abbas, Mohammed Al Menhali, Mohammed Al Attas (Hamdan Al-Kamali 66′), Khalifa Al Hammadi, Omar Abdulrahman (Zayed Al Ameri 81′), Bandar Al Ahbabi, Abdullah Ramadan, Ahmed Khalil (Khalfan Mubarak 46′), Jassim Al Balooshi

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UAE’s Ajman Club Signs Cameroonian Striker In Their U-19 Team

Ajman Football Club base in Ajman in the United Arab Emirates, UAE, have boosted their striking options with the signing of Cameroon striker, Lavissa Kiven in their U-19 team.

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Before joining Ajman U-19 Football Club, Lavissa Kiven was at F. Frank Football Academy based in Yaounde.
Speaking to the press, the young striker said, his ambition is work hard to be among the best strikers in the world. According to him, “the only way to succeed is to remain discipline and work hard towards achieving the best.”
According to information obtained from the club, the 19-year-old Lavissa had progressed to play up to four matches with the U-21 side in the same club. Before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic that led to the suspension of the football season, the young striker was already training with the senior team.

In 14 games so far played in UAE, the attacker who also plays as left and right-winger has scored eight goals already.

Lavissa Kiven joins Cameroon International, Sébastien Clovis Siani who signed for the senior team recently. Sebastien Siani was formerly at Al-Jazira FC, a local rival club in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Only four African Africans are in the senior team.

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Cambodia suspend all football tournaments across country to combat COVID-19

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Cambodia has become the latest country in Southeast Asia to suspend all footballing activities including the 2020 Cambodian League season due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Several countries from ASEAN including Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines have suspended their domestic leagues in order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus while countries like Singapore and Myanmar had decided to play behind closed doors.

Cambodia were the only country to have their domestic league running in full steam in the midst of the global pandemic, but they have now decided to suspend all tournaments until further notice.

“The Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC) inform the public that in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the FFC have decided to postpone the 14th Hun Sen Cup, Metfone Cambodian League 2020 and the U-16 National Championship, U-18 National Championship and the delay of the 2020 General Assembly of the Football Federation of Cambodia until further notice,” the FFC said.

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The 2020 season of the Cambodian League has already completed five rounds of matches with Phnom Penh Crown FC leading the table with 13 points. Defending champions Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng FC also have the same number of points, but are second on goal difference.

The Hun Sen Cup, meanwhile, is the country’s domestic cup competition that is split into two stages. The provincial stage featuring clubs from the lower division was held in February, but the national stage during which the top division clubs were to join the competition now stands suspended.

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Former Myanmar national team captain Yan Aung Kyaw to retire at the end of 2020 season

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Yangon United and Myanmar veteran midfielder Yan Aung Kyaw has announced that he will retire from professional football the end of the 2020 season. 

A former captain of the Myanmar national team, Aung Kyaw made his debut for the Asian Lions in 2011 and has won over 60 international caps for the Southeast Asian nation during his career.

He also won a bronze medal for Myanmar at the 2011 Southeast Asian Games while also winning five domestic league titles and three General Aung San Shields with Yangon, the club he has represented since its formation in 2009 along with the Myanmar National League (MNL).

“I previously spoke about my future and mentioned that I will not play for another MNL club against my team Yangon United and another reason is my age. Although I could play one or two more years, I don’t want to play for another club after my contract with Yangon ends in December,” he told Myanmar Times.

Aung Kyaw also hinted that he will move into coaching after retirement and that Yangon United has offered him the opportunity to work at the club.

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“I want to thank to my team president and all the team’s staff including my teammates. They supported me very well and the team has been very good to me. Of course the fans have also always been supportive,” Aung Kyaw added.

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