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STARVING CHAMPION: Vietnamese girls, who earn LESS THAN 100 USD A MONTH, defeat World Cup class Thailand at SEA Games

STARVING CHAMPION: Vietnamese girls, who earn LESS THAN 100 USD A MONTH, defeat World Cup class Thailand at SEA Games

Most members of Vietnam women's national football team are the starving champion. In spite of receiving a tiny amount of income every month, they still train, play, then achieve the gold medal at the SEA Games.

In recent years, many Thai citizens criticized the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) for not caring for the development of the women's football team.

Currently, Thailand does not have any women's football league. All Thai players train with all costs were funded by an insurance company named Muang Thai Life Assurance.

Mrs. Nualphan Lamsam, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the company, said that she has been fostered the women's team for ten years.

STARVING CHAMPION: Vietnamese girls, who earn LESS THAN 100 USD A MONTH, defeat World Cup class Thailand at SEA Games

To help Thai women players concentrate on football, "Madame Pang" Lamsam pays them a monthly salary. Moreover, when players do not compete at any tournaments, they can work for Lamsam's company as the staff.

If a player does not have the necessary skills related to work, she will be trained properly. Thanks to Madame Pang's efforts, Thai girls qualified for the Women's World Cup two times.

Living and playing football like the Thailand women team is the dream of Vietnamese girls.

Two years ago, when Vietnam beat Thailand to achieve the gold medal in women's football event at SEA Games, head coach Duc Chung Mai revealed: "For some, it may be too hard to imagine, but the average monthly income of women players is just 2 million Vietnamese dongs".

STARVING CHAMPION: Vietnamese girls, who earn LESS THAN 100 USD A MONTH, defeat World Cup class Thailand at SEA Games

It is equivalent to 90 USD, and that poor earning improved nothing after two years. Consequently, SEA Games became the only chance for the Vietnamese women team to earn more money. By winning the tournament, each of them can gain a 3000-4000 USD money prize.