The South Asian Football Federation has awarded hosting rights for the 2017 edition of its SAFF Championship to Bangladesh, while the country is also set to stage a new club competition.
The decision to award the next edition of the SAFF’s showpiece national team tournament was taken at a board meeting in the Sri Lankan city of Colombo. The 2015 SAFF Championship ran from December 23 to January 3 this year and was won for the seventh time by host nation India.
Meanwhile, the SAFF has said it is planning a new eight-team competition featuring clubs from its member nations of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka.
SAFF vice-president Ranjith Rodrigo told Sri Lankan newspaper the Sunday Times: “SAFF will inaugurate an eight-team inter-club tournament known as the SAFF Club Cup, where each country will feature its respective champion domestic team, with the host country getting to field a second team.
“We discussed matters pertaining to the tournament… at the SAFF meeting, and it was decided that Bangladesh would host the inaugural competition.”