After winning the title for a record fourth time and with the new Sports Hub likely to be completed in time, hosting the AFF Championship is the next target
|By Khalis Rifhan
If things go their way, Singapore national team could find themselves defending their AFF Suzuki Cup on home soil in 2014.
Replying to queries from Goal.com, a spokesman from Football Association of Singapore confirmed their interest in hosting the next AFF Suzuki Cup in 2014.
“One of the key targets spelt out in the FAS Strategic Plan is to organise more high-profile competitions and bring quality football action to our fans,” said the spokesperson.
“The Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup is the leading competition in this region and we had earlier indicated our interest to host the 2014 edition of the tournament. The AFF is expected to announce its decision sometime early next year.”
Singapore has hosted the tournament twice. the inaugural edition in 1996 and five years ago as co-hosts with Thailand.
The city-state will most probably co-host the tournament yet again, with Philippines having previously expressed their interest as well. Vietnam have also reportedly thrown their hat into the race as well.
Earlier in the year, PFF President Mariano Araneta was reported by Manila Times as saying: “Hosting will not only be an honor but it will show the world that we have arrived as a footballing nation. With solid crowd support, who knows what our national team can achieve?”
Philippines who were knocked out by Singapore at the semi-final stage this year have never hosted the regions’ most prestigious football competition.