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Việt Nam now home for retired Nigerian footballer




Đặng Amaobi now spends time in training young players in HCM City and also works for several television stations as a football pundit.  — Photo courtesy of Đặng Amaobi

Thanh Nga

After nearly 18 years of living in Việt Nam, retired Nigerian footballer Amaobi Honest Uzowuru has found his second home.

Born in 1981 in Nigeria, Uzowuru first played in the V.League 1 in 2004 and enjoyed a successful career. He gained Vietnamese citizenship in 2011 and began going by Đặng Amaobi.

Following his retirement in 2016, Amaobi decided to stay in Việt Nam instead of returning home like many other foreign footballers. He spends time training young players in HCM City and also works for several television stations as a pundit. 

“I played for seven different teams in Việt Nam and I liked them all, however, Nam Định were the team I loved the most and they still have a big connection with me till now,” Amaobi told Việt Nam News.

“Personally, I don’t have regrets during the time playing in Việt Nam because I won trophies, scored goals and made a good living from playing football so I am happy for that opportunity.

“The V.League 1 is changing and improving, the players are more informed and educated about the modern game and they are becoming more professional. I see the gap between local players and foreign players is becoming very close,” Amaobi added. 

Amaobi was introduced to Vietnamese football through his agent while he was playing in South Africa.

After joining Nam Định in 2004, Amaobi helped his team finish second and was the league’s top scorer with 15 goals.

“After my first successful season with Nam Định, I decided to seek more contracts and to keep playing in the league because I liked the league, food, weather, fans and culture,” said Amaobi.

After the 2004 season, Amaobi became one of the league’s best-paid and most coveted foreign stars. He played for seven Vietnamese clubs, including two spells each at Nam Định (2004, 2009), SHB Đà Nẵng (2005, 2008) and Bình Dương (2006-2007, 2010). 

“Playing abroad is the dream of every young Nigerian football player. I was lucky to play in so many countries from Europe to Asia and Việt Nam so I have learned so many cultures, experiences and new things about life,” said Amaobi.

Đặng Amaobi (centre) plays for Thanh Hóa in the V.League 1. — Photo

Enjoying life in Việt Nam

Amaobi said that his wife and children currently live and work in South Africa, but he doesn’t go there with his family.

“I have lived and played in Việt Nam for nearly 20 years, so I love this country very much. This place is like my home country Nigeria.

“However, to be honest, if I return to Nigeria or South Africa now, it would be very difficult to find a job and I don’t know what I would do because I only know football.

“Meanwhile, I already have Vietnamese nationality, it’s much easier to find a job here and I can follow my passion for football.

“Therefore, my wife and children support me and every year we still see each other regularly during the holidays,” Amaobi said.

Amaobi said he feels very comfortable living in Việt Nam because the people are friendly, the country is safe, it’s easy to live in, and there is no discrimination.

“I have lived and worked in many countries, but nowhere is as happy as Việt Nam. I live comfortably as at home,” said Amaobi.

After retiring, Amaobi started coaching children and has been working at Lưu Ngọc Hùng Football Centre and his own centre for five years. In addition to football skills, he also teaches young players about professionalism.

“Besides, I also participate in sports TV shows as a guest and work with my brother in business. We know the demand of consumers in Nigeria, find the corresponding products in Việt Nam and send them home,” Amaobi added.

Đặng Amaobi (left) seen in a training session for Lưu Ngọc Hùng Football Centre. — Photo courtesy of Lưu Ngọc Hùng Football Centre

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Amaobi liked sitting in street food stalls and ordering food like any other Saigonese person. He also loved to talk with the shop owners about Vietnamese and international football.

“The COVID-19 pandemic affected everyone, but the Vietnamese Government is trying to control it well. So I hope we all can work together and defeat the pandemic so everyone can go back to their normal life and job,” said Amaobi. —




Finding new life for old jeans



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While many brands are struggling to find new sources of materials, there are still many designers who have moved towards the concept of using recycled materials. In Việt Nam, recycling old jeans into unique accessories has become a new trend among young people in recent years.

According to Sustain Your Style, a non-profit sustainable fashion organisation, it takes 7,000 litres of water to produce one pair of jeans, equivalent to the amount of water a person can drink in 7-8 years.

Experts have also calculated that after every three wears and one wash, a pair of jeans releases 44 grams of carbon into the environment. Thus, after four years before going to the landfill, they leave in the environment about 416kg of carbon. In the US alone, where “jeans culture” is most prevalent, each person owns an average of seven pairs of jeans. Just doing simple multiplications, we will get a huge number of emissions into the environment from these seemingly harmless jeans.

Realising the danger of this problem, Phạm Minh Hiền, living in Ninh Bình, decided to recycle old jeans in her wardrobe.

Her journey of learning about recycled fashion started in high school. Now, making “mini jeans bags” has become a hobby of Hiền.

Mini jeans bags — Photo courtesy of Phạm Minh Hiền

Each mini bag is completed in about 30 minutes. The source of materials comes from old jeans, seashells or household fabric waste.

“I hope recycling will reduce the amount of jeans that are released into the environment,” Hiền said.

“Besides, mini bags made from old jeans are very useful and sturdy. I use them to store my phone, phone charger as well as small cosmetic items.”

Maya Bùi, a 29-year-old tailor living in Hà Nội also shares the same idea about reducing jeans fabric.

“Since I was in fashion school, I have been taught by my teacher about lossless fashion and sustainable fashion,” she said.

“So in the process of working, I often have ideas to make use of old clothes and use fabrics optimally.” 

A few days ago, Maya’s idea of making a corset from old jeans received hundreds of shares and compliments from friends.

A corset recycled from old jeans  — Photo courtesy of Maya Bùi

The 29-year-old girl also organised a challenge to sew underwear from pieces of old clothes on her Facebook to spread the message of environmental protection and create joy for everyone during the ongoing pandemic.

Blue jeans to fashion dreams

In 2012, after graduating with a major in Electronics and Telecommunications, Hanoian Bùi Thị Kim Ngân applied for a full-time job in the capital city. Besides office work, Ngân makes handmade bags at home to satisfy her dream for fashion and earn extra income.

For the years, the young girl had a hard time dealing with depression and medical issues. In 2015, she decided to quit the office job to pursue her dream.

At first, Ngân received orders to make bags from silk and create small bags from old jeans as gifts for customers.

After noticing that old-jeans hand bags were praised by many customers, the 32-year-old girl began to mass produce jeans bags and sell them.

With experience as a bag designer, it is not difficult for her to transform old jeans into purses, backpacks and hand bags.

“At first, I planned to make bags from old jeans for fun because I wanted to make full use of excess materials, but I didn’t expect to receive so many orders,” Ngân said.

“From that, I came up with the idea of ​​’exchanging six pairs of jeans to get a recycled bag’. This helps me have a stable source of fabric and gets more attention from the online community.” 

Kim Ngân’s recycled bag brand has become very famous in the “zero waste” community of Việt Nam — Photo courtesy of Bùi Thị Kim Ngân

Kim Ngân’s recycled bag brand has been operating for six years and has become very famous in the “zero waste” community of Việt Nam.

Nguyễn Thị Hải Yến, 26 years old, a former student of the University of Labour and Social Affairs, has also decided to leave bustling Hà Nội and return to her hometown in Bắc Giang to fulfil her fashion dream.

After two years of research, in 2019, Yến accidentally discovered a very close and creative source of materials – her own old jeans. This type of material creates a very personal and unique look, in addition, they are quite durable and suitable for making handbags or backpacks.

Jeans are quite durable and suitable for making handbags or backpacks — Photo courtesy Nguyễn Thị Hải Yến

Yến believes that as long as you know how to recycle old clothes, they are still valuable in another way.

Up to now, her brand has become more stable and brings income to herself as well as benefits to the community.

Yến’s brand has become more stable and brings income to herself as well as benefits to the community — Photo courtesy Nguyễn Thị Hải Yến

Many people, instead of throwing away their old jeans, have come to Yến and hope their old jeans have a “new life”.

“I’m happy to spread the recycling spirit to everyone,” Yến said. —


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Vietnam proposes reviewing progress towards lifting sanctions against South Sudan



Ambassador Pham Hai Anh, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations, has underlined the importance of reviewing criteria under Resolution 2577 of the UN Security Council, towards lifting sanctions against South Sudan.​

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Ambassador Pham Hai Anh, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations (Photo: VNA)

Speaking at a meeting of the UNSC on South Sudan and operations of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in the country on September 15, Ambassador Anh urged parties involved in South Sudan to continue promoting the transitional process towards elections in line with the 2018 peace agreement, including ensuring the participation of women.

He called on the government of South Sudan to take effective measures to address violence among communities, including the settlement of root causes of problems through dialogue and trust building, while protecting staff and humanitarian facilities in the country.

The ambassador spoke highly of the role played by UNMISS, neighbouring countries and regional organisations in promoting the peace process and development in South Sudan, while affirming that Vietnam will continue to support the work of UNMISS, including through the deployment of female peacekeepers.

He emphasised that as chairman of the UNSC’s committee concerning South Sudan, Vietnam will promote cooperation between the African country and relevant parties to ensure the implementation of the UNSC’s related resolutions, including increasing the committee’s field visits.

At another meeting of the UNSC on humanitarian situation in Syria on the same day, the Vietnamese diplomat showed his concerns about difficult humanitarian situation facing over 13 million people in Syria due to security instability and economic crisis, as well as difficulties in accessing clean water and healthcare services, and the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He stressed the need to promote safe and unhindered humanitarian access to meet the need of Syrian people, while the parties’ agreement to conduct a new form of transportation to the Northwest region and emphasing the need to maintain uninterrupted cooperation and support for Syria.

The same day, the UNSC adopted documents on Libya and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Resolution 2595 on Libya decides to extend the mandate of UNSMIL till September 30, 2021. Meanwhile, the presidential statement on GERD acknowledges the Declaration of Principles between parties concerned on GERD, and spotlights the intermediary role of the African Union (AU) member countries in the trilateral negotiation process./.

Source: VNA


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Chile seeks to continue strengthening its friendship with Việt Nam



Chilean Ambassador Patricio Becker writes to Việt Nam News on the nation’s Independence Day.

On September 18, 211 years ago, Chile decided to become an independent country, believing that the best way to promote peace and stability is by maintaining a stable democracy anchored in the rule of law.

The last few years have been quite challenging for our nation, facing natural disasters, social unrest, or the multiple consequences produced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, our country has decided to work united to overcome these difficult times to ensure a better future for the next generations. Last year in a historic referendum, Chileans agreed to draft a new constitution by a Convention entirely elected by citizens whose composition has gender parity and reserved seats to guarantee the participation of indigenous people.

Coastal wind farm in Coquimbo region. Photo courtesy of the embassy

Therefore, on this 211th anniversary of our independence, we have much to celebrate. Today, our country is one of the leaders advocating free trade and foreign investments and a promoter of human rights, democracy, and climate action.

Chile has signed and implemented a network of treaties, including 29 Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and 32 Bilateral Investment Agreements (BITs). Such instruments have been highly beneficial to the country and mean that Chile has voluntarily assumed a set of obligations, such as non-discrimination between domestic and foreign investment.

But Chile’s international vocation is expressed through its contributions to the world, which extend well beyond the mutual benefits brought about by trade and investments. Among the most important, we can refer to the protection of Antarctica, whose significance for the whole planet is paramount, not only because it is the world’s largest reserve of freshwater, but also because of its holistic impact, resulting from the mirror effect of radiation on global temperatures, sea levels and the formation of cold-water currents in the oceanic system.

Also, Chile is already making enormous contributions in the field of astronomy. The combination of high summits, low atmospheric humidity, and clear and dark skies results in 70 per cent of the world’s astronomic observation capacity today is based in Chile.

Furthermore, Chile holds tenth place in the world in terms of marine areas extension, of which today 43 per cent is environmentally safeguarded by Chile, mainly through Marine Protected Areas. Moreover, Chile has joined other like-minded countries to promote the conservation of the ocean beyond national jurisdictions.

Likewise, our geography has provided us with a natural laboratory for the energies of the future and a privileged place to produce zero-emission fuels. Our long latitudinal extension allows us to have the strongest solar irradiation on the planet at the Atacama Desert, while in the extreme south of the Patagonia region, we have strong and constant winds, both factors that create optimal conditions for obtaining clean energy. Indeed, reliable projections predict that Chile’s forthcoming capabilities for producing green hydrogen will transform the entire energy matrix.

Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Chile has already vaccinated almost 80 per cent of its population thanks to the combined effort of the government, the health sector, and the citizens who have responded to the call made by the authorities. Our country is slowly opening, and all aspects of life are going back to what is now consider the “new normal”.

This year we also celebrate the 50th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations on March 25, 1971. Since that day, Chile has valued ​​its traditional relationship with Việt Nam, which has grown significantly, especially after the entering into force of the free trade agreement in 2014. Both of our countries share close ties bilaterally and in multilateral fora despite geographical distance as was perceived during the phone talks between Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and then Prime Minister and now President of Việt Nam Nguyễn Xuân Phúc on March 25.

Astronomical observatories in the Atacama desert. Photo courtesy of the embassy

Even though the pandemic hasn’t allowed us to properly carry out the different activities planned to celebrate this anniversary, we are confident that next year, together, we will be able to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the establishment of our comprehensive partnership in 2007. This occasion will mark another important milestone in the relationship between our countries, being an opportunity to reflect on our shared past and look into a bright future for our friendship.


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