Vietnam Swans fired up to win Indochina Cup
By Michael Smith in HCMC
The Vietnam Swans Australian Football team is fired up for their first Indochina Cup victory this Saturday at the RMIT fields in District 7.
After winning two games at the Asian Football Championships in October the Swans are ready to end the season on a high note.
“We think we are in with a good chance, not underestimating the opposition, as they’ll be strong and fighting hard,” said Club President Phil Johns.
Johns said he thought the Cambodian Cobra’s were the major threat. “The Cambodians are a really good outfit and we saw a massive improvement last time we played them and there’s no reason that trend won’t continue.”
Australians will be descending on Saigon from Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vung Tau, Hoi An and Hanoi to play in the four sided contest with Thailand Tigers, Laos Elephants, Cambodian Cobras at the Swan’s home ground.
There will be six 30 minute games in the round robin championship starting at 11:30 a.m. and finishing at 4:30 p.m. followed by presentations and a party at La Cantine in the city.
Australian Consul General Graeme Swift did the draw for the Indochina Cup on Tuesday at his office.
This will be the fourth Indochina Cup since 2007. Thailand have won twice and Lao once. The Lao side has a number of Laotian players that play for them including their captain.
Johns said with Swans players coming from Vung Tau, the Central and Hanoi to play at the cup, the Vietnam Swans really is a national team.
“Footy is really starting to kick along in this region,” he said.