According to the statistics of Fox Sports Asia, with the core of the team consisting of U23 and the Olympic Games, which featured admirably in the Asian Football Association U23 Championship and Asian Games 2018, Vietnam is among the top challengers of the AFF Championship title. With a group of mostly young players it is not surprising that the average age of the Vietnamese players at the AFF Cup is 23.69 years, ranked third in the tournament.
Striker Nguyen Anh Duc, who made Laos on the opening night for the tournament on November 8, is the oldest member of the squad at 33 years, while Hanoi FC defender Doan Van Hau is the youngest at 19.
Hanoi FC defender Doan Van Hau (in white) is the youngest player in Vietnam's 19-year squad, but he has played a key role in both Vietnam U23 and national team.
A drawback for the Golden Dragons, however, is the average height of the Vietnamese players this year's tournament, which is quite short (1.76 m), ranked only third in the group of the top 5 favorite titles. But with a series of players with a height of 1.80m defensive line, as keeper Dang Van Lam – the highest in the team (1.88m), Doan Van Hau (1.85m), Luc Xuan Hung (1.83m) ) or Do Duy Manh (1.80m), fans can make sure to defend themselves against long ball situations.
Meanwhile, champion Thailand defends the best average height (1.80m) in the group of five candidates for the tournament top leak. Central defender Pansa Hemviboon is the highest player in the Thai squad (1.91m), followed by two goalkeeper Saranon Anuin (1.87m) and Chatchai Budprom (1.84m). Striker Adisak Kraisorn, who scored six goals against Timor Leste in his Group B match, also has a good height of 1.82 m.
In addition, Thailand is also the second highest average age group in the tournament (26.74), with six players in the 30's, including Siwarak Tedsungnoen, the oldest in 34 years. The youngest player in the troop troop is the assassin Supachai Jaided, who was born in 1998.
Defending champion Thailand has the best average height in the group of five candidates for the tournament's top leak.
Timor-Leste is the youngest team in the event of an average age of 20.56 years, with Laos second with 21.34 years.
Indonesia's Brazilian born forward Beto Gonçalves who is 37 years 10 months old and eight days old is the oldest player in the tournament while Timor Lestes Gumario is the youngest of 17 years and 22 days old.
Vietnam beat Laos 3-0 in its first match in Group A, which took place at Laos National Stadium in Vientiane on November 8th. The team returned to Hanoi for training the following day to prepare the next group A match against Malaysia at Hanoi's My Dinh Stadium on Friday.
Previously, Malaysia defeated Cambodia 1-0 in its first match of the tournament.