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Vietnam look forward to Narita Cup

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The Melbourne-based Vietnamese side who competed at the last two Multicultural Cups are headed for Japan to compete in the 2005 Narita Cup.

The Narita Cup is Japan's largest international club championships, held at the Narita Radisson Hotel fields in Tokyo, Japan. Previous years have seen teams from across Asia and even Melbourne suburban side Box Hill North take part.

This year will see the Vietnamese make their first appearance at the cup - also their first outside Melbourne. Included in the side is 16-year-old Nam Chau, who was interviewed by Melbourne newspaper the Herald Sun. Currently playing for VAFA side Box Hill North, Nam has made a name for himself as a rover and told the Herald Sun he was proud to represent his country. "Growing up and playing a sport that doesn't belong to Vietnamese culture is very different".

The Melbourne Vietnamese side were planning to make an appearance at the 2005 Arafura Games in Darwin, but were a late withdrawal. Last year they also made an appearance against the touring Japanese team, going down to the Samurai by around 8 goals.

With two Australian expat-based clubs currently functioning in Vietnam, there is some potential for the game to be re-exported back to the South-east Asian nation, as discussed in a previous article.

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Vietnam look forward to Narita Cup
Authored by: Peter Parry on Saturday, June 04 2005 @ 08:17 pm ACST

Is a visit by Melbourne Vietnamese team to Vietnam to play the two expat Aussie teams there on the cards? Would seem to be the best way to grab publicity in the nation of 80 million. Just 0.01% playing footy would be 400 teams.