HÀ NộI FC players during a 2020 V.League 1 match. The team has lost the chance to compete at the ASEAN Club Championship after the tournament was cancelled. Photo of VPF
HÀ NỘI — The 2020 ASEAN Club Championship has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Việt Nam Football Federation (VFF) confirmed.
The event, run by the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF), was scheduled to take place for the first time in Thailand from May to November.
The tournament was to feature 12 teams, with two each from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Việt Nam and one each from Myanmar and Singapore.
Clubs from Brunei, the Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, and Timor-Leste would have taken part in play-off matches to vie for the two remaining berths.
The winner was set to walk away with US$500,000.
Việt Nam’s representatives at the events were to be V.League 1 champions Hà Nội FC and their runners-up HCM City FC.
However, due to the spread of the deadly virus, the organisers decided to delay it to next year.
The VFF on Friday reported that the AFF sent a letter to members about the cancellation of the tournament as the pandemic is ongoing and has not been controlled well yet. VNS