Vietnam international goalkeeper Dang Van Lam was unveiled as a Muangthong United player on Thursday and the new Kirins star expressed his delight to have signed for the Thai League giants.
Russian-born Van Lam had spent three seasons with Vietnam’s Hai Phong FC. During the period, he became the first-choice goalkeeper for the Vietnam national team and developed a reputation as one of the best goalkeeper in Southeast Asia.
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🐲 เอสซีจี เมืองทอง ยูไนเต็ด เปิดตัว 🇻🇳 ดัง วาน ลัม ผู้รักษาประตูทีมชาติเวียดนาม ร่วมทัพในฐานะนักเตะโควต้าอาเซียนอย่างเป็นทางการ ⚽️🇹🇭 – SCG Muangthong welcomes Dang Van Lam, Vietnam National Team goalie on their ASEAN quota for the upcoming Toyota Thai League 2019. – #ToyotaThaileague #ToyotaThaileague2019 #ฟุตบอลไทย #บอลไทย
And Thai giants Muangthong snapped up the custodian before the Golden Dragons’ AFC Asian Cup 2019 campaign where he helped Vietnam reach the quarterfinals turning a national hero during the penalty shootout win over Jordan in the Round of 16.
“I am very happy on my first day at a big club — not only in Thailand but also in Asia,” said Van Lam, meeting the media after being presented as a Muangthong player.
“I am feeling very good and ready to work hard for a good season with the club,” the 25-year-old said.
“I know Muangthong has a big history and good quality players. I will try my best with my teammates to become the champions of this league this season,” said Van Lam.
The Vietnamese star added that it is not a given that he will be the first-choice shot-stopper at the club, but added he will work hard to impress coach Pairoj Borwonwatanadilok.
“Sure I will need to work hard and prove to the head coach that I can play as the No. 1. For me, it’s work. I already have played three seasons in Vietnam and also have played in the Vietnam national team. So, I am confident I can prove to the coach that I am ready,” he added.
Van Lam had helped Vietnam win the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 last December.