MFF proposes AFF to allow two ASEAN Suzuki group matches to be held in Yangon and Mandalay

Writer: 
EMG reporter
Myanmar played against Vietnam in the 2016 ASEAN Suzuki Cup. (Photo-Nyi Nyi Soe Nyunt)
 
Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) put forward a proposal to ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) to allow two group matches of ASEAN Suzuki Cup for 2018 to be held in Yangon and Mandalay.
 
The MFF presented this report to the AFF’s council meeting held in Malaysia. The AFF is making inspection tours to the sports stadiums of the hosting country. The AFF made inspections on Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon and Mandalar Thiri Stadium early this month. 
 
The AFF will announce the sports stadiums to be held for ASEAN Suzuki Cup during September. The AFF will hold ASEAN Suzuki Cup with a new version. All national football teams must play two home matches and two away matches in the group stage. 
 
Myanmar will play home matches against Vietnam and Cambodia. Myanmar has planned a home match against Cambodia in Mandalay and another home match against Vietnam in Yangon. The MFF usually arranges international matches to hold in Mandalar Thiri Stadium in Mandalay because of a great number of home fans.
 
Ten national football teams will compete in the 2016 ASEAN Suzuki Cup. Myanmar is Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos and Cambodia in the group-A. The group-B comprises of Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore and Brunei/Timor Leste.
 
Myanmar will play away matches against Malaysia and Laos. 
 
The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) is a small organization within the greater Asian Football Confederation, and centres on Southeast Asia, founded in 1984 by the nations of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. ASEAN stands for Association of South East Asian Nations, although the AFF also includes East Timor and Australia, which are not members of ASEAN.  
 
Other nations to join have been Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (all in 1996), East Timor in 2004, and Australia in 2013, although the latter had been considered an invited affiliate of the AFF since their move to the Asian Football Confederation in 2006, since which time they have sent youth squads to the ASEAN Youth Tournaments. 
 
In 1996, the federation ran the first AFF Championship (then known as the Tiger Cup for sponsorship reasons).
 
Translated and Edited by Win Htut