FAM: Pick Malaysia over Singapore and Vietnam to host Suzuki Cup

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) want to co-host the Asean football meet and are looking to steal ahead of venue competitors Singapore and Vietnam by saying they already hosted the last edition in 2014.

Malaysia are hoping to be picked by the Asean Football Federation as the replacement for the Philippines for the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup despite not being able to utilise Bukit Jalil Stadium until mid-2017.

Philippines last week withdrew as co-host after failing to meet stadium criteria set by the Federation. Myanmar are the other co-host.

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“We have submitted a formal request to the AFF and understand that Vietnam and Singapore have also expressed their interest,” said FAM deputy president Datuk Seri Afandi Hamzah.

“We are hoping to be picked among the candidates. Vietnam and Singapore hosted the last edition so I hope Malaysia is given due consideration by AFF.

“The venue has not been finalised yet but we are looking at hosting in Kuala Lumpur.”

Malaysia Stadium Corporation (MSC) chief executive officer Azman Fahmi Osman told FourFourTwo that Bukit Jalil – the country’s national stadium – will not be ready for the Suzuki Cup as the stadium is only expected to be reopened in July 2017.

The stadium is undergoing refurbishment work as part of preparations for the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.

FAM will submit Shah Alam Stadium as its primary venue for the group stages and could list Selayang Stadium as the secondary venue.

The tournament was last held in Malaysia in 2012 when Bukit Jalil was used for five group matches while Shah Alam hosted one fixture.