PETALING JAYA: The fate of the 2020 AFF Suzuki Cup will be decided tomorrow when the Asean Football Federation (AFF) meet.
The AFF had been adamant that the biennial competition would take place from Nov 23-Dec 31 although they had earlier decided to delay the group stage draw from March to August due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) had offered to host the tournament as the AFF were considering a single-nation option due to travel restrictions and border closures.
However, the surging cases in the Asean region, including in Vietnam, which saw their domestic football league suspended last week, has raised new concerns over the 13th edition of the competition.
According to Tuoi Tre Online, a Vietnamese news agency, the competition could now be moved to next year, probably in January.
AFF vice-president Tran Quoc Tuan had said: “The committee will continue to study and discuss it. The goal is to find a solution.”
Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) secretary general Stuart Ramalingam said the AFF meeting tomorrow would give a clear picture of the competition.
“The meeting will reveal the competition dates and format. We have to wait for a decision before commenting further,” said Stuart.
“I believe the best interests and health of the public and footballers will be considered before a decision is announced... the bigger question is how the decision will impact the football calendar.
“If the competition is pushed to 2021, things might get congested. But, as I said, it’s still too early now to talk. We need to see the decision of the AFF first.”
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