|First timers: SHB Đà Nẵng. — Photo thethaovanhoa.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — SHB Đà Nẵng, the third-placed team in the 2016 V.League 1, will take part in the 2016 Toyota Mekong Club Championships, according to the Việt Nam Football Federation.
Previously, the V.League winners have usually been offered to play in the tournament, but newly-crowned Hà Nội T&T won’t be able to play due to undisclosed reasons. As a result, SHB Đà Nẵng have been selected to replace Hà Nội T&T in the event.
This is the first time Đà Nẵng will take part in the championships. In the two previous seasons, Becamex Bình Dương represented the Việt Nam national premier league at the tournament.
Đà Nẵng will compete in the event’s qualifying round alongside Lanexang United of Laos and Yadarnabon of Myanmar. They will compete in a round robin format. The best team will meet Boeung Ket Angkor of Cambodia in the semi-final.
The winners of the semi-final will meet the winners of the 2016 Thai League Cup in the final match.
The tournament will be held between November 2016 and January 2017. — VNS