Rising star Hậu to play at first Nations Cup

Midfielder: Phan Thanh Hậu. — Photo vff.org.vn

HÀ NỘI – Midfielder Phan Thanh Hậu is among  一0 rising stars to watch at the inaugural Nations Cup in Malacca, Malaysia, on June  三- 五, the prestigious website fourfourtwo.com announced.

Hậu, a product of the Hoàng Anh Gia Lai-Arsenal-JMG Academy, is often picked to play for older age-group teams, due to his talent.

In  二0 一 三, at just  一 六 years old, Hậu was called up to the Việt Nam U 一 九 squad for AFC qualifiers. He only played one game. But his performance led the Guardian, an English newspaper, to name him among the  四0 best young football talents in the world born in  一 九 九 七.

“Hậu made his first-team debut for Hoàng Anh Gia Lai last year against Đồng Tháp. He went on to make eight appearances. At  一 七0cm tall, he does not have the best build overall, but his lethal left-foot can create space during attacks,” said the website.

The website also named nine other footballers to watch, such as Chaowat Veerachart, Chenrop Samphaodi, Thanasit Siriphala of Thailand, Dominic Tan of Malaysia, and Joshua Pereria of Singapore.

The Cup has attracted four teams, including Thailand, the host Malaysia, Singapore and Việt Nam.

Rising star Hậu to play at first Nations Cup

Việt Nam will play Thailand and Malaysia will face Singapore at Malacca’s Hang Jebat Stadium. The two winning teams will meet in the final match, and the two losing teams will compete for the bronze medal at Hang Jebat Stadium. — VNS