The academy’s two stadiums in Ho Chi Minh City and a center in Bangkok opened their first training course in April, last year. Doan Hoang Son, a former captain of the Vietnamese Olympic Team, used to play for Dong Tam Long An and Hanoi T&T. Apisit Kaikaew was a striker for Binh Dinh in 2002 and 2003 and then played for An Giang in Vietnam’s first-class League. Apisit is a former national player of Thailand and played alongside the iconic Kiatisuk Senamuang. Son and Apisit quickly became friends through their passion for soccer. After his retirement as a player, Son wanted to do something to help more Vietnamese children play football. Visiting his friend, who was then assistant to the chief coach of Thailand’s National Football Team, Son was taken to many training institutions. Both were struck with the idea of establishing a soccer training center for Vietnamese and Thai kids, in which they could be trainers. Son said “I simply want to create opportunities for retired footballers to be trainers at the center. On the other hand, I want to create a playground for kids to improve their fitness.” After a long period of preparation, the S&A Academy was… Read full this story
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