Malaysia’s desire to become one of the hosts for the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup was unfulfilled after the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) confirmed that Philippines Football Federation (PFF) will stay as co-host of the tournament and will run it alongside Myanmar.
The decision was made in an AFF meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam yesterday after the PFF submitted documents in relation to stadium organization before the deadline on Tuesday.
PFF presented their contract with the Philippines Stadium Corporation to the AFF as well as a letter of guarantee from the National Sports Commission of Phillipines.
All Group B matches will be held at the Philippine Sports Stadium and the Rizal Memorial Stadium, which holds up a capacity of 25,000 and 12,500 supporters respectively.
“We are fortunate to receive the backing of the AFF and now we can start working on making the Suzuki Cup a success, PFF secretary Atty Gastanes said as quoted by Utusan Malaysia.
Malaysia submitted a formal request to the AFF to replace Philippines as co-host of the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup, but the AFF Council decided to give Philippines a second chance.
The 2016 Suzuki Cup is scheduled to be held from November 19 to December 17.