October 7, 2013
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and its group company Yamaha Motor Vietnam Co., Ltd., with the cooperation of the Vietnam Football Federation, held the 5th YAMAHA ASEAN CUP U-13 FOOTBALL Vietnam 2013 tournament from October 4 to 6, 2013. Over the three days of the tournament, the teams from the four participating countries competed hard in exciting matches and in the end, the ASSUMPTION THONBURI FC team won Thailand its third consecutive championship title. A total of six teams competed in this 5th tournament, with two each from Indonesia and the host country of Vietnam, and one each from Thailand and Malaysia. The two days of preliminary round robin competition saw the top two teams in each bracket qualify for the final tournament, and the GARUDA RED team from Indonesia and the ASSUMPTION THONBURI FC team from Thailand won their semifinal matches to face each other in the final for the championship title. In the final match, the two teams battled on into two extra time periods before the team from Thailand finally prevailed to win its third consecutive title with the Indonesian team placing 2nd. The VIETTEL HA NOI team from Vietnam made a solid showing as the host country by winning the match for a 3rd place.
The ASSUMPTION THONBURI FC team prevailed in extra time to win Thailand its third consecutive title
Comment by Masaru Ono, President of Yamaha Motor Vietnam Co., Ltd.
“It is such a joy for me to have seen the great motivation the players and their coaches brought to this competition, as revealed in the scenes we saw of the winners jumping for joy and the defeated sinking to the turf in tears. At the same time, I clearly felt how this tournament has steadily grown to become one of importance in the ASEAN region. On the other hand, while it is important to further a tournament like this, I feel that from a standpoint of promoting sports it is also important to create the opportunities and environment that enable as many young people as possible to get involved and participate in sports on a continuing basis. I’m deeply grateful to all of the players and team staff and the Vietnam Football Federation for their roles in bringing this tournament to a successful conclusion, and I hope that all of the players will long remember this experience and continue to grow and progress in the sport of football, so that someday they may compete on the world stage.”
Comment by Yukihiro Ozaki, General Manager of Marketing & Sales Division, 1st Business Unit, Motorcycle Business Operations, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
“Not only the winning team from Thailand, but all of the players in this tournament showed us through your play how serious you were about going for the title. I hope that each and every one of you will see this tournament as a step forward along the way, and that you will apply the experiences you’ve had in it toward your next goals. The same is true for us at Yamaha Motor. As a ‘Kando* Creating Company,’ we will continue to work with our group companies in the ASEAN region to become a presence that brings Kando to people of all ages and demonstrates our corporate value. We will do this by not only continuing to hold this tournament, but also through the YAMAHA ASEAN CUP RACE set for this December in Indonesia, the many activities run by the Yamaha Motor group companies in the region and our main business of Monozukuri (engineering, manufacturing and marketing).”
*Kando is a Japanese word for the simultaneous feelings of deep satisfaction and intense excitement that we experience when we encounter something of exceptional value.