HANOI, Dec 12 (AFP) - Vietnam football coach
Edson Tavares has resigned after defeat by Indonesia put the
joint hosts on the brink of elimination from the Tiger Cup,
state media said on Sunday.
The Brazilian has been replaced by Tran Van
Khanh after the 3-0 loss left Vietnam relying on Singapore
dropping points against lowly Laos and Cambodia to make the
semi-finals of Southeast Asia’s international showpiece, reports
"Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) accepted
Tavares’ proposition not to coach the team during next game
against Laos and to go back home," VFF president Mai Liem Truc
was quoted as saying by the Thanh Nien newspaper.
"VFF also decided to appoint Vietnamese coach
Tran Van Khanh for the job."
State media also lashed out at the VFF the loss,
which came after Vietnam threw away a one-goal lead to draw with
Singapore in their opening match.
"This painful and humiliating defeat is just too
much of a shock for millions of Vietnamese," Lao Dong daily
said, revealing that "many Vietnamese players cried after the
"The three Indonesian goals were three buckets
of ice on the head of the VFF leaders," Thanh Nien commented.
Vietnam thrashed Cambodia 9-1 in their previous
Tavares and Vietnam have had a long and
tumultuous history. The 45-year-old Brazilian, the first ever
foreigner to coach Vietnam, quit the post in January 1995 after
only three months following a furious spat with the federation
and the squad’s sponsors.
But he signed a new one-year contract last March
to revitalise the national squad following years of lethargic
The red-and-golds finished last in their World
Cup qualifying group behind South Korea, Lebanon and Maldives.