Update: 10:52 | 19/10/2021
Vietnamese striker Nguyen Tien Linh has been named as player of October during the Asian Football Confederation (AFC)’s voting in the third round of the 2022 World Cup Asian qualifiers, the AFC said on October 17.
Linh received a total of 73.38% of the votes, followed by Al Buraikan of Saudi Arabia (8.2%) and S.Azmuon of Iran (8.08%).
Vietnamese striker Nguyen Tien Linh.
Although the Vietnam national team lost the last two matches against China and Oman in Group B of the final qualifying round of the World Cup 2022, Linh scored two out of the three Vietnam goals.
“Still only 23 years of age, the Becamex Binh Duong striker showed expert positioning and poise beyond his years to find the back of the next in Doha and Muscat, taking his individual tally to an excellent seven goals on the Road to Qatar 2022,” the afc.com wrote.
Linh also defeated Zhang Yuning of China to win the AFC’s recent vote for NEOM’s Future Stars of matchday three of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers.
Linh has scored seven goals since the second qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup. With these seven goals, Linh equals the record of seven goals scored by striker Le Cong Vinh in the World Cup qualifiers. He still has opportunities to break the record held by Vinh in the six remaining matches of the third qualifying round.