Vietnam AFF Suzuki Cup squad distracted by domestic clubs’ future

Majority of the Vietnamese players are being affected by the furore back home where many clubs are facing financial difficulties and being dissolved

The majority of Vietnam's squad members’ focus has been shifted as most may be without a club after the Suzuki Cup.

Financial problems has put many clubs in the Vietnamese league and First Division at risk of being dissolved, potentially leaving players, several of whom are on national duty, unemployed.

At Song Lam Nghe An (SLNA) FC, Dinh Dong, Van Hoan and Trong Hoang are still to agree terms with their clubs. Even though SLNA wants to keep these players, they are not prepared to overpay them to retain their services.

Striker Quang Hai is also another with unresolved contract issues, although the striker has made up his mind to take a sabbatical from football next season if he does not have any contract obligations.

Meanwhile, two players of Saigon Xuan Thanh FC, Dinh Luat and Tan Truong, have been told they are surplus to requirements by Saigon Xuan Thanh manager Nguyen Duc Thuy.

Luat has been offered for sale, while Tan Truong may be cut from the squad should his performance at the AFFSC 2012 not impress Nguyen Duc Thuy.

Vietnam’s key players Cong Vinh and Thanh Luong are among those who may be affected as their team Hanoi FC is rumoured to have failed in getting sponsorships, while team owner Nguyen Duc Kien has been arrested on business charges.

Cong and Thanh face the bleakest prospect as the dire economy situation dictates that most clubs are unable to afford the pair.