Women's football team has high hopes of qualifying for World Cup

The Vietnam women football team has their sights set on the Women's World Cup 2015 and winning first place at the 27th SEA Games.

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The women's team is set to compete in the qualifying round for the 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup in May with group C, which includes Hong Kong, Bahrain and Kyrgyzstan.

The top five countries in the Asian Cup tournament will qualify for the FIFA Women's World Cup.

Unlike the men's teams, the women's teams from Bahrain and Kyrgyzstan are considered weak, while Hong Kong does not appear to pose much competition.

Hopes for qualification ran higher when North Korea, one of the strongest teams, was disqualified from the 2015 Women's World Cup after five players tested positive for performance enhancing drugs at the Women’s World Cup in Germany.

Currently Asia's top-ranking teams are Australia, Japan, South Korea and China. Vietnam must rank in the top six in order to qualify.

Though some outstanding players such as Kim Chi have left the Vietnamese team, they still have several young and promising players such as Kieu Trinh, Kim Hong and Le Thi Thuong. With such a talented squad expectations are running high for a strong showing.

Goalkeeper, Kieu Trinh, who won the Vietnam Golden Ball in 2011, said, "I hope the the fans will show their support. I think that with their support we can win."

Another player, Le Thi Thuong said, "As women, we have to sacrifice a lot to play football, but I'm very happy to be on the national team and see the support of our fans."

In order to win the gold at the 27th SEA Games, Vietnam will have to face two strong rivals, Thailand and Myanmar. Myanmar will have the advantage of playing on their home turf.

Dan Tri

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