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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jul, 14, 2007

Vietnam FA shows Asian Cup players the money

HANOI, July 14 (Reuters) - Vietnam's Asian Cup players are profiting from their fine start to the tournament in the form of a tidy windfall from the Vietnam Football Association (VFA).

The VFA will pay the national team 300 million Vietnamese dong ($18,700) as a reward for the co-hosts' 1-1 draw against Qatar, the English-language Vietnam News reported on Saturday.

Thursday's draw came after Vietnam had stunned United Arab Emirates 2-0 in their opening Group B game last weekend, earning them even more pocket money with an unexpected win bonus.

The Vietnamese team, who are second in the group on goal difference behind holders Japan, have so far picked up almost two billion dong during the Asian Cup.

They face Japan in their final Group B game on Monday with a place in the quarter-finals at stake.

Vietnam is still a relatively poor country with the average yearly income around a little over $3,000 per person.

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