Philippines Remain As Co-host For 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup

KUALA LUMPUR, March 12 (Bernama) -- The Philippines will co-host the 2016 Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup at the end of this year after receiving the nod from the AFF Council which met in Da Nang City, Vietnam, Saturday.

The other host of the biennial regional football tournament is Myanmar.

The AFF Council which met today has given the greenlight for the Philippines Football Federation (PFF) to host the tournament after receiving the contract between the PFF and the Philippines Sports Stadium besides a guarantee letter from the Philippines Sports Commission.

Secretary-General of the PFF, Atty Edwin B Gastanes said, they are very delighted to receive the support from the AFF Council and hoped to organise the tournament successfully with Myanmar.

"Both hosts will have a lot of work to do as this is the first time that both countries will be hosting the AFF Suzuki Cup and we have to make sure that we do everything possible," he was quoted as saying in the AFF website www.aseanfootball.org.

The 25,000-seater Philippines Sports Stadium will be the main venue while the Rizal Memorial Stadium which can accommodate 12,500 will be the second stadium for the blue-ribbon AFF event.

The group stage of the AFF Suzuki Cup will be held from Nov 19 to 26.

International media had earlier reported that the Philippines had withdrawn from hosting the tournament after failing to meet the criteria set by the AFF.

Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam later expressed interest in replacing the Philippines but Singapore and Vietnam later decided to withdraw their bids, leaving Malaysia as the only candidate to replace Philippines as co-host.

-- BERNAMA

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