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SEOUL: Former Korea Republic national team assistant coach Park Hang-seo has agreed to become the Vietnam national team coach.

Park will also oversee the Vietnam U-23 and Olympic squads.

The 58-year-old was Guus Hiddink's assistant when the Dutch coach guided Korea Republic to the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2002. 

Park met a delegation from the Vietnam Football Federation in Seoul on Friday, where he agreed to become the national team coach.

He is expected to sign a two-year contract.

"After careful consideration and much thought for a week, I decided to lead Vietnam's national football team," Park said. 

Park will fill the void left by Nguyen Huu Thang, who resigned in August after Vietnam failed to advance to the semi-finals of the Kuala Lumpur 2017 SEA Games. 

Park's first mission will be leading Vietnam to qualify for the Asian Cup 2019.

Vietnam are currently second in Group C in the third round of the qualifying tournament, behind Jordan. 

The Golden Stars play Cambodia on October 10 and Afghanistan on November 14.

"I will first watch the match with Cambodia and talk with the VFF for future plans," he said. "I have great expectations for Vietnam because they invest a lot in their youth teams and they aim for a better future."

Sources: Vietnam Football Federation, Yonhap, MASOC