Due to concerns about travel and safety during the coronavirus pandemic, after the organizers cancelled their plans for home and away games, the upcoming Suzuki Cup Championship in Southeast Asia will now be held in a centralized venue.
The biennial competition has 11 countries participating. It was originally scheduled to be held in late December 2020, but it was postponed to this year due to the COVID-19 crisis.
“We are now in the final stages of choosing a host country for the centralized event. We are making every effort to cooperate with all relevant authorities to ensure the safety of all participants,” Major General Kiyev Sames, Chairman of the ASEAN Football Federation, said on Tuesday. Said when announcing the results of this year’s draw.
The defending champion Vietnam was placed in Group B in this year’s match and will face Malaysia in the rematch of the 2018 final. Park Hengrui’s team won with a total score of 3-2.
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Indonesia, Cambodia and Laos have also joined the ranks.
The five-time Thai championship title group A, which also includes Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, and the play-off champions between Brunei Darussalam and East Timor.
The qualifying play-offs will be decided in Brunei’s single-leg competition. The date of that game has not yet been announced.
The finals are scheduled to start on December 5. The top two of each group will advance to the semi-finals, and the final will be held on January 1. The game started in 1996 and changed to a home and away game. The 2018 competition.
Suzuki Cup draw
- Group A: Thailand, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam/East Timor
- Group B: Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos