Becamex Binh Duong to Defend TMCC Trophy after League Win
Becamex Binh Duong Football Club were crowned 2015 Toyota V.League 1 champions yesterday evening, and retained the top tier Vietnamese championship for a second successive season. With the league season now officially over, it’s confirmed that Becamex Binh Duong FC will represent Vietnam at the Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2015.
The Binh Duong based club had wrapped up the title with two matches to spare after a goalless draw with Hai Phong FC at Lach Tray Stadium earlier in the month. Binh Duong claimed 52 points from their 26 league games, a healthy six points ahead of second-placed Ha Noi T& FC, having led the league for the majority of the 2015 season.
The side, helmed by Nguyen Thanh Son, ended their campaign in emphatic fashion with a 4-2 win away at Dong Thap yesterday evening The games two-goal hero Marko Simic was happy to contribute to the clubs success despite having only arrived at the club as a mid-season acquisition,. “It’s a great achievement to win [the title] in my very first season. Everybody gives 100% in training and during games and this has made us stronger players. We were also motivated to defend the title the club had won in 2014.”
The Croatian forward was also keen to pay tribute to the strong backing provided by the clubs president and coaches. “We have good support from our president, coaches and of course the fans. They give us confidence to play.”
It was a view echoed by teammate Cheikh Abass Dieng. “Team unity helped us win the title again, as we’ve had much the same squad for the past two seasons. Abass Dieng was a force to be reckoned with this season, as the Senegalese striker tallied 11 league goals to help his teams cause.
Asked to single out a single turning point in the season Cao Van Chong, club general director, picked out the narrow 1-0 defeat of Than Quang Ninh FC in round 18, a result which saw the club reclaim top spot from title rivals FLC Thanh Hoa. “Playing in Quang Ninh Stadium we faced many difficulties,” he said. “We even missed a penalty, but a stunning goal from our substitute, as well as Thanh Hoa’s failure to win their fixture, was enough to put us back at the top of the championship.”
At the bottom of the league, Dong Nai FC found themselves relegated to the second tier of Vietnamese football after a 4-1 defeat to Than Quang Ninh on the final day of the season. The club finished in last position in the 14 team league on 21 points and three points behind thirteenth-placed Hoang Anh Gia Lai FC.
Binh Duong will next meet Ha Noi T&T in the Eximbank National Cup on Saturday in an attempt at wrapping up a remarkable league and cup double. They were defeated in last year’s final after suffering a 2-0 loss at the hands of Hai Phong.
The club will go on to defend their Toyota Mekong Club Championship, representing Vietnam in the five-nation tournament which gets underway in November. They won the inaugural 2014 competition with a 4-1 win over Myanmar’s Ayeyawady United in the final, hosted at the clubs own Go Dau Stadium in Binh Duong in front of 13,000 supporters.