‘Vietnam can achieve big things’

Vietnam forward Le Cong Vinh believes that his side are capable of qualifying for the World Cup in the future, but for now they must focus on making a big impact at the AFC Asian Cup.

The men from Vietnam appear unlikely to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but have already booked a place in the third round of qualifying for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup ahead of their final 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup joint qualifying match against Iraq on Tuesday.

Cong Vinh has set his sights on qualifying for the 2019 continental showpiece in the United Arab Emirates, where the Becamex Binh Duong forward believes Vietnam can start laying the foundations for bigger and better things.

“I have to say that the World Cup, which was once nothing but an impossible dream, is now coming true,” he told the official FIFA website. “I believe in my national team and I think it can achieve big things.

“Before we start dreaming of going to the World Cup, though, I think we have to consolidate our position on the continental scene and aim for qualification for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. If we can make it there and have a good tournament, then we can then start dreaming of bigger things. For Vietnam, though, the World Cup is still a long way away.”

Looking ahead to matters closer at hand, Cong Vinh, who has scored 42 goals in 71 appearances for his country, added that he will use his experience to try and lead Vietnam to victory over Iraq.

“I’m one of the more experienced players now,” he said. “I feel I have the freedom to express my inspirations, to dribble, to shoot and to try things.”