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AFC U23 Championship flashback: Nguyen Quang Hai & Almoez Ali selected as two best players

AFC U23 Championship flashback: Nguyen Quang Hai & Almoez Ali selected as two best players

Nguyen Quang Hai was chosen by the homepage of the Asian Football Federation (AFC) as one of the two best names in the AFC U23 Championship in Changzhou two years ago.

Only about 2 weeks more, the 2020 AFC U23 championship will be held in Thailand. Fans are eager to witness the exciting matches of the top 16 young Asian teams. Moreover, this is also a qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic, thus the tournament will bring exciting matches for the audiences.

Before the tournament started, AFC reviewed the most memorable things in the 2018 AFC U23 championship which took place in Changzhou, China. The home page of the Asian Football Federation has recently selected the two best players in this tournament two years ago, including the midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai of Vietnam.

"2018 AFC U23 championship is the first time the tournament held in East Asia (Changzhou, China). This tournament has witnessed the emergence of new stars of Asian football. The most significant are Nguyen Quang Hai and Almoez Ali, two players who had a very successful tournament with Vietnam U23 and Qatar U23 despite not winning the title.

AFC U23 Championship flashback: Nguyen Quang Hai & Almoez Ali selected as two best players

Quang Hai and Almoez Ali also met in the semifinals of the tournament that year. The Vietnam midfielder shone brightly in this match by contributing 2 goals, to help his team make the biggest surprise in the tournament by overcoming Qatar U23 to reach the final.

Following the 2018 AFC U23 championship bronze medal, Almoez Ali shone in the Asian Cup 2019 in order to help Qatar football triumph. That was also the tournament that Almoez Ali won the Top Goal Scorer as well as Best Player Award.

AFC U23 Championship flashback: Nguyen Quang Hai & Almoez Ali selected as two best players

As the runner-up, Vietnam U23 is classified in the top-seeded group of the 2020 AFC U23 championship. The lucky draws have put Nguyen Quang Hai and his teammates on the same table with DPR Korea, UAE and Jordan. This can be considered as a nice draw with Vietnam U23, thus fr Park Hang Seo's team has many opportunities to pass the group stage and recreate the achievements two years ago.

According to the schedule, the debut match of Vietnam U23 will be the confrontation with UAE U23 on January 10th.