FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, together with AFC President Mohamed Bin Hammam, gave a courtesy call to Vietnam president Nguyen Minh Triet on Friday. Minh Triet thanked the FIFA and AFC chiefs for their continuing support to the development of the game in this ASEAN country.
"World football has seen tremendous development under the leadership of Mr Blatter. We are happy for his support to the development of Vietnamese football," he said. "We would like to speed up the development of Vietnamese football under the AFC leadership. I hope that Asian football will be able to compete with the rest of the world soon."
Blatter praised Minh Triet for his government's support to the Vietnam Football Federation. "The VFF are working very hard for the development and with the support of you and your government, they will achieve results," he said.
"Vietnam have talent but need your help to create infrastructure. This will surely improve the level of football in this country. We (FIFA and AFC) can only offer help but you have to develop your own football."
"Football is not only about kicking a ball. Football touches all aspects of the society including cultural, social, emotional et al and this can be a national identity. You have to make football mirror of Vietnamese society," he told the VFF officials.
AFC President Mohamed Bin Hammam thanked the FIFA chief for giving special attention to Asian countries. "
In Asia, we value your support and your third visit to this country is a testimony of your support to Asian football
," he said.
The FIFA and AFC presidents were given a warm reception upon their arrival in Hanoi on Thursday. Vietnam Football Federation also hosted a dinner in their honour which was also attended by VFF President Nguyen Trong Hy, General Secretary Tran Quoc Tuan and other officials.