Proposed ASEAN Super League dead and buried: AFC

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have confirmed they have received an official letter from organisers of the proposed ASEAN Super League (ASL) stating the largely maligned competition won’t be going ahead.

The ASL, considered the brain child of former Football Association of Singapore (FAS) president Zainudin Nordin, has been discussed in various forms for most of the past decade.

But AFC general secretary Windsor John says the concept is now dead and buried.

"They have officially written to us saying that they are not pursuing the ASL," Windsor John told The New Paper during a visit to Singapore this week to meet with the FAS. 

The ASL was intended to offer a new challenge to Southeast Asian clubs and help improve the quality of players and teams across the region.

It was slated to have 10 teams take part and it was hoped it would attract some of the bigger clubs in this part of the world.

Singapore’s LionsXII, the now-defunct club that formerly participated in the Malaysia Super League, was also mooted as a possible entrant.

But the ASL faced opposition from a number of quarters, with current Football Association of Malaysia president Tunku Ismail among those who questioned what the competition would contribute to football in the region.

There had also been concerns over where it could fit in an already-cluttered schedule, alongside established competitions like the Asian Champions League and AFC Cup.