Curtains come down for AFF Cup this year

There will be no AFF Cup action this year. The Asean Football Federation (AFF) yesterday confirmed that the AFF Cup, scheduled for November, has been postponed to next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

For AFF, the health and safety of the players, coaches, partners, fans and the public are paramount, and the decision to postpone the tournament to next year will safeguard the well-being of the concerned parties.

The AFF Cup task force committee held extensive discussions before reaching this decision.

“Since the onset of Covid-19, the AFF have been closely monitoring guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO), Health Ministries, government agencies, Fifa and the Asian Football Confederation,” said AFF president Major General Khiev Sameth in a statement yesterday.

“As you are aware, this pandemic continues to pose enormous health, societal and economic challenges to us all.

“AFF’s top priority continues to be the health and safety of our football family and mitigating the impact of this pandemic.

“While these are unprecedented times for the whole world, including our football family and communities, we are confident that we will get through it together with the support of our stakeholders, and we would like to thank them for standing united with us in the fight against Covid-19.”

The AFF will continue to work closely with member associations and partners to monitor the situation and will provide further updates on the new tournament dates and other details soon.

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