HE may have not been around when the Philippines scored a monumental upset over Vietnam in the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup two years ago, but Phan Thanh Hung can recall what happened as if he was there.
“We remember 2010," the Vietnam coach said. "We will never forget.”
Portugese Henrique Calisto handled the Vietnamese team that was stunned by the Azkals, 0-2, on their home pitch at the My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi before nearly 40,000 hostile fans, denting national pride.
Now entrusted the coaching reins, Phan is hoping for some payback as the Red Warriors go for their first victory in this year’s edition of the tournament.
A perennial Southeast Asian power, Vietnam came up with another unsatisfactory result in the opener of the competition last Saturday as it settled to a 1-1 draw with Group B qualifier Myanmar.
And the Vietnamese hope to get retribution by leaning on star striker Le Cong Vinh and midfielder Le Tan Tai, who scored the lone goal against Myanmar.
Cong Vinh, though, remains wary of the Azkals, who lost their opening match to host Thailand, 2-1.
“The Philippine team in 2010 was very good, but they look stronger now with new (Filipino-) foreigners," he said.