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AFF reschedules regional football tournaments

Vietnam are likely to defend the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Cup later this year after the regional football governing body has announced the tournament will go ahead.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the AFF biennial tournament is still scheduled to take place between November 23 and December 31.

There were fears the event would be postponed as many worldwide sporting tournaments including the Tokyo Olympics have to be rescheduled due to novel coronavirus.

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The Vietnamese team and captain Nguyen Van Quyet (right photo) celebrates their second AFF Cup victory in 2018. Vietnam will defend their title in November.

However, the AFF said on March 25 that the AFF Cup would continue its plans to start in November.

The AFF will monitor the pandemic and may change their decision if necessary.

In 2018, Vietnam won their second AFF Cup trophy after beating Malaysia 3-2 on aggregate in the two-leg final. Other AFF tournaments are also scheduled to go ahead.

They are the AFF U15 Girls’ Championship in Indonesia in September, the AFF Futsal Championship, AFF Futsal Club Championship and AFF Beach Football Championship, all in Thailand, later this year.

Four events that will be postponed to later dates this year are the AFF Women’s Championship in the Philippines in May, the AFF U18 Women’s Championship, AFF U16 Boys’ Championship and AFF U19 Boys’ Championship, originally scheduled in Indonesia in June, July and August, respectively.

Meanwhile, the first ever ASEAN Club Championships which is due to be held from May-November this year has now been rescheduled to 2021.

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Source: VNA

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