SHB Da Nang FC All Set for Their 2nd Match of Toyota Mekong Club Championship
Just before the 2nd match of Toyota Mekong Club Championship (TMCC) 2016, SHB Da Nang FC finished in second place at the BTV Cup 2016, displaying an impressive performance.
In preparation for TMCC, SHB Da Nang FC’s participation in the BTV Cup 2016, gave them a very good test ahead of their next game for the TMCC with Yadanarbon FC from Myanmar on 23rd December 2016.
In the qualifying round of the BTV Cup, SHB Da Nang FC defeated the last year’s champion, Bangu AC (Brazil) with 3-1, and Hai Phong with 2-0. Despite losing the match against Shonan Bellmare (Japan) by 1-2, the team successfully qualified to the semi-final. In the semi-final, SHB Da Nang FC displayed strong attacking skills and defeated Korea University selection team with a 4-0 score, and advanced to the final.
During the final match against Shonan Bellmare, head coach, Le Huynh Duc’s tactics were spot on as the team put up an impressive performance, scoring with a flying header by the indispensable striker from Argentina, Gaston Merlo. However, during the extra time in the 2nd half, the score was reversed by the relentless attack from the Japanese opponent.
According to the team’s fixture, after finishing the BTV Cup 2016, SHB Da Nang FC will have one more practice match with Than Quang Ninh on 17th December before facing Yadanarbon FC on the 23rd. Building up to the important match at My Dinh stadium in Hanoi, the club has arranged as many as 8 quality practice matches in order to get the team ready for the TMCC game. This clearly shows the determination of the club to advance to the semi-final of TMCC, even though the chances are slim after SHB Da Nang FC was defeated by Lanexang United FC from Laos in early November.
There has been a huge improvement in SHB Da Nang FC squad and their playing tactics, with forward Gaston Merlo, the top scorer at BTV Cup 2016, being in a good shape. SHB Da Nang FC has also strengthened the defense line of the team by deploying another foreign player, Britez who plays as a center back.
Due to the international matches of U-21 players, the team cannot use the 3 new faces from U-19 national team, Ha Duc Chinh, Mac Duc Viet Anh, and Bui Tien Dung, who are the key players that helped the national team to advance to U-20 world cup 2017. However, combination of foreign players and main players from Vietnam like two midfielders Vo Huy Toan and Nguyen Thanh Hai, and defender Lam Anh Quang, could give the team an extra edge against Yadanarbon FC.
In the meantime, Yadanarbon FC, the Myanmar league champion, organized a training camp which started in November at Yangon, far from Mandalay, their home town. Head Coach, Rene Desaeyere emphasized the importance of TMCC match saying, “International matches like TMCC are a very precious opportunity for Myanmar players”. So the team is set to win the match.
However, Yadanarbon FC is concerned about getting the best members, as many of the players from the team are also selected for the Myanmar national team. If the key players are not available for TMCC match, it would be a concern for the whole squad.
The game between SHB Da Nang FC and Yadanarbon FC will be held at My Dinh stadium in Hanoi, on 23rd December 2016 from 18:00 hrs.