SHB Da Nang Will Represent Vietnam in Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2016
With an impressive performance as one of the top three clubs in Toyota V.League 1 this year, SHB Da Nang will represent Vietnam in Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2016 (TMCC).
This season was one of the most exciting seasons in the history of V.League 1 with 4 clubs, Ha Noi T&T, Hai Phong, SHB Da Nang and Than Quang Ninh, all having a chance to win the championship till the last fixture. SHB Da Nang was third in the league table before the final match, and they defeated Dong Thap with a convincing score difference of 4-0, while Ha Noi T&T was struggling to get a comfortable lead against FLC Thanh Hoa.
Eventually Ha Noi T&T won the game against FCL Thanh Hoa with 2-0 score-line, winning the championship title. Hai Phong earned the second place. SHB Da Nang finished at the third position in the final standings, only one point less than Hanoi T&T and Hai Phong.
Usually, V.League 1 champions represent the country in TMCC 2016, but due to a packed schedule in the year-end fixtures, neither Hanoi T&T, nor Hai Phong will be able to take part in this year’s tournament. Therefore, Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2016 Organizing Committee has decided to nominate SHB Da Nang to play in the TMCC 2016. It will be the first time for SHB Da Nang to represent Vietnam in TMCC 2016.
With an impressive performance this season, it is obvious that SHB Da Nang will not be an easy opponent for the other clubs in TMCC 2016. Head coach, Lê Huỳnh Đức, has the experience of leading the team to compete in the AFC Cup during 2010 and 2013. Moreover, SHB Da Nang has many quality players from the national team like, Huy Toàn, talented forwards Anh Turd, Minh Tâm, Vũ Phong, Hoàng Thiên and good foreign players like Eydison and Gaston Merlo. Gaston Merlo, the amazing striker is also the top scorer in the Vietnamese top flight football. He scored 24 goals in 2016 V.League 1 season.
SHB Da Nang will play their first match of TMCC 2016 on 5th November against Laos league champion for an away game. Their next match will be against Yadanarbon FC from Myanmar, at Hang Day stadium in Hanoi, on 23rd December. If they manage to qualify for the semi-final round, SHB Da Nang will have to face the Cambodian champion team, Boeung Ket Angkor FC to reach the final match against the Thai Champions.