AFC to re-confirm host country for Suzuki Cup

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Morodok Techo Stadium in Cambodia, built for the 2023 SEA Games. PHOTO: Cambodian SEA Games 2023

The ASEAN Football Confederation (AFC) will reaffirm its host country for the ASEAN Suzuki Cup, which will run from 5 December 2021 to 1 January 2022.
The ASEAN Football Federation has yet to ratify the host country in a group vote on 21 September, but a further clear decision will be made in upcoming months, officials said.
Thailand, Singapore and Cambodia have already applied to host the tournament and one of them will be selected, officials added. Cambodia has applied to host the 2023 SEA Games at the Morodok Techo Stadium.
Thailand and Singapore are also frequent hosts, but they are applying for more chances.
The ASEAN Football Federation is likely to select host countries based on their ability to control the COVID-19 epidemic.
Myanmar is placed in Group A together with ASEAN powerhouse Thailand, the Philippines,
Singapore and one qualifier team (Timor Lese or Brunei).
Defending Champion Viet Nam is placed in Group B with Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia and Laos. The ASEAN Football Federation (AFC) has repeatedly changed the format of the ASEAN Suzuki Cup, which began in 1996.
From 1996 to 2002, all matches were held in one or two host countries.
From 2002 to 2016, the two hosts were selected, with the semi-finals and finals being played at home and away system. In 2018, the format was changed and the host country was no longer selected. The semi-finals and finals were played at home and abroad as before.
Due to the epidemic situation, the 2018 tourney format could not be used for this year. —Ko Nyi Lay/GNLM

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