Malaysia to host inaugural Nations Cup

The Football Association of Malaysia will host the Nations Cup later this year, with its under-21 squad to go up against counterparts from Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam at the inaugural tournament. 

Malaysia will host the inaugural Nations Cup in June this year, with under-21 teams from SingaporeThailand and Vietnam forming the competition.

Games will be played at Malacca’s Hang Jebat Stadium on June 3 and 5, with the top two teams advancing to the final.

The under-21 tournament will serve as a good gauge of where teams stand in the lead-up to the Southeast Asian Games in 2017.

"The Nations Cup will be a great challenge to our national team," Football Association of Malaysia general secretary Datuk Hamidin Amin said. "The players will face strong opposition especially from Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore, which is part of the team’s preparation for the SEA Games. This tournament is just the beginning in our plans for the national team.”

Tournament organisers MP & Silva are hopeful the event will prove a success.

“The Nations Cup is more than just a regional football tournament. We view this as MP & Silva’s long-term investment in the region to cultivate the spirit of competitive football from a young age,” said MP & Silva Asia Pacific managing director Beatrice Lee.

“Football has a legacy longer than any sport and we are proud of this initiative to ensure that the sport continues to grow in Asia.”