Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and MP & Silva have launched a new international age-group football tournament where Malaysia will be the inaugural host country of the Nations Cup.
Organised by sports agency MP & Silva, the Nations Cup aims to be an annual tournament that provides quality competition for national football teams in Asia. With the goal of promoting international football in the region, the Nations Cup will complement the current international football calendar leading up to the Southeast Asia Games in 2017. The first edition will take place on 3 and 5 June 2016 at Malacca’s Hang Jebat Stadium and feature Under-21 teams.
FAM secretary general, Datuk Hamidin Amin, said: “The Nations Cup will be of great challenge to our national team. The players will face strong opposition especially from Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore, which is part of the team’s preparation for the SEA Games. This tournament is just the beginning in our plans for the national team.”
Beatrice Lee, MP & Silva’s managing director, Asia Pacific, “The Nations Cup is more than just a regional football tournament. We view this as MP & Silva’s long-term investment in the region to cultivate the spirit of competitive football from a young age. Football has a legacy longer than any sport, and we are proud of this initiative to ensure that the sport continues to grow in.”