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Nguyen Cong Phuong is difficult to attend the 30th SEA Games due to the transfer to Europe

Nguyen Cong Phuong is difficult to attend the 30th SEA Games due to the transfer to Europe

Joining the Sint-Truidense club, Nguyen Cong Phuong will almost no longer have the chance to join U22 Vietnam in the SEA Games 30 held in the Philippines later this year.

At the 30th SEA Games, besides the U22 players, each team will be supplemented with two players who are too old to join the squad. That means Nguyen Cong Phuong, Luong Xuan Truong or Dang Van Lam can all be given the opportunity, coach Park Hang-seo, to attend a SEA Games.

For players who compete in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, this opportunity is very clear, because the SEA Games take place around the time the national championships are off, players can freely join the Vietnam U22 squad.

However, with Cong Phuong, things are much more difficult. Joining Sint-Truidense made Cong Phuong the only Vietnamese player to play in Europe this season. Unlike Asia, the system of Sint-Truidense in particular and European football in general always has many matches at the end of the year.

Not to mention the Belgian Cup, Sint-Truidense Club has 8 games at the Belgian National Championship in November and December. This team needs the strongest force to serve the ambition to win tickets to Europa League next season.

SEA Games itself is not part of the World Football Federation (FIFA) competition system, so Sint-Truidense is not responsible for "releasing" people for the teams. If Mr. Park wants to drag Nguyen Cong Phuong to attend SEA Games, the Vietnam Football Federation will have to spend a lot of effort.

Cong Phuong is currently the best striker in Vietnam U23 history with 29 goals in 58 matches. He also achieved impressive performance at the team with 5 goals at AFF Cup and Asian Cup. The striker has just signed a contract with Sint-Truidense on a one-year loan and will travel to Belgium in the coming days.