Vietnam's Cong Phuong joins Incheon
Seoul: Vietnamese forward Nguyen Cong Phuong has joined Korea Republic club Incheon United on loan.
The K League 1 club said Cong Phuong agreed to a one-year loan deal and will join Incheon from Vietnamese side Hoang Anh Gia Lai.
Cong Phuong has been one of the key players for the Vietnamese national football team led by head coach Park Hang-seo.
The 24-year-old helped Vietnam win the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Cup and reach the quarter-finals at the recent AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019. He scored two goals in five matches at the AFC Asian Cup.
Cong Phuong will be the second Vietnamese to play in the K League 1 after Luong Xuan Truong, who had loan stints with Incheon and Gangwon FC from 2016 to 2017.
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Incheon said their head coach, Jorn Andersen, has been following Cong Phuong since their practice match with the Vietnamese national football team in October. After Cong Phuong played well at the AFC Asian Cup, Andersen requested Incheon to sign him.
"I'm happy and feel proud to join the K League 1." Cong Phuong said. "I already heard from Truong that the level of the K League is very high. I will do my best to help Incheon."
Incheon finished ninth in the 12-team K League 1 last year. The 2019 season kicks off on March 1.
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