Singapore and Vietnam to host 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup

The Lion City will host the tournament for the third time and there will be participation from all Asean teams with the scrapping of the qualifying process
Asean Football Federation (AFF) have confirmed the host nations for the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup.

Speaking at the press conference before the start of the 2013 AFF Awards in Pahang, Malaysia, Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Tengku Abdullah ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah, the deputy president of the Football Association of Malaysia and vice-president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) executive committee, revealed that the competition will be jointly hosted again.

"The competition will be held in Vietnam and Singapore," announced Tengku Abdullah.

This will be Singapore's third time as hosts having last hosted the competition in 2007 jointly with Thailand where they were crowned victors.

The inaugural competition was also held in Singapore in 1996.

Vietnam have also hosted the competition twice before as well, in 1998 and jointly in 2004 with Malaysia.

Tengku Abdullah also revealed that the qualification process will be scrapped for the 2014 edition.

"We will revise the format of the competition whereby it will involve all countries without any qualifications," he added.

For previous editions the lower-ranked Asean teams participate in a short qualifier to reach the final tournament of eight teams.