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Myanmar and Philippines land 2016 AFF Cup

Myanmar and Philippines will co-host the 2016 AFF Cup, the Asean Football Federation has confirmed.

The announcement was made at the regional governing body’s annual council meeting in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. It is the first time Myanmar and Philippines have been awarded hosting duties for the AFF Cup. The preceding qualifying competition will be staged in Cambodia.

“It is indeed an honour for Myanmar and with the new facilities that have been built, we are very confident that we can do a very good job,” Zaw Zaw, president of the Myanmar Football Federation, said. Myanmar hosted the 2013 Southeast Asian Games multi-sport event earlier this year.

Zaw’s counterpart at the Philippines Football Federation, Mariano Arenata, added: “All I can say is thank you for the trust that has been placed in the PFF and we will work hard to make sure that we deliver a successful event.”

Since 2002, the AFF Cup has been co-hosted by two nations. The 10th edition in 2014 will be staged by Singapore and Vietnam, with the qualifying stage taking place in Laos.