ASEAN champions Vietnam announce 20-member squad for 2019 SEA Games women’s football

Vietnam

AFF Women’s Championship 2019 winners Vietnam have named their final 20-member squad for the women’s football competition of the 2019 SEA Games which is to get underway in Philippines next week.

Vietnam are also the defending champions of the women’s football competition in Southeast Asian Games having finished ahead of silver medallists Thailand and bronze medallists Myanmar in the 2017 edition held in Malaysia.

This time around, Vietnam find themselves in Group B of the SEA Games along with FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 participants Thailand and Indonesia. Only top two teams from the group will qualify for the knockout stages of the competition. The team will be coached by Mai Duc Chung.

The Golden Girls had stunned hosts Thailand 1-0 in the final of the AFF Women’s Championship 2019 at the Institute of Physical Education Chonburi Campus Stadium in August to win their third ASEAN women’s title.

Vietnam’s 20-member squad for SEA Games 2019 women’s football

Khong Thi Hang, Tran Thi Kim Thanh, Tran Thi Hong Nhung, Pham Thi Tuoi, Vu Thi Thuy, Nguyen Thi Lieu, Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung, Chuong Thi Kieu, Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy, Huynh Nhu, Tran Thi Phuong Thao, Tran Nguyen Bao Chau, Hoang Thi Loan, Vu Thi Nhung, Thai Thi Thao, Pham Hai Yen, Le Thi Diem My, Nguyen Thi Van, Duong Thi Van, Nuyen Thi Xuyen

(Photo credit: Vietnam Football Federation)

Thailand announce 20-man U-23 squad for SEA Games 2019

Thailand have announced their 20-man squad for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games (SEA) 2019 football U-23s. The Thais find themselves in Group B alongside competitive outfits such as Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and Laos.

The young guns of Thailand will be keen to bounce back after failing to make the AFC U-19 Championship, leading to coach Issara Sritaro parting ways with the team, but the U-23s have a good chance of impressing at the SEA Games.

The official social media accounts for the War Elephants confirmed their 20-man squad for the tournament.

Full Thailand U-23 SEA Games 2019 squad:

Goalkeepers: Korraphat Nareechan (Khonkaen FC) Nont Muangngam (Chiangmai FC)

Defenders: Jaturapat Sattham (Chainat Hornbill FC) Saringkarn Promsupa (SCG Muangthong United) Chatchai Saengdao (SCG Muangthong United) Sarayut Sompim (PPT Rayong FC) Shinnaphat Leeaoh (Singha Chiangrai United) Thitathorn Aksornsri (Police Tero FC)

Midfielders: Worachit Kanitsribampen (Chonburi FC) Chatmongkol Thongkiri (Chainat Hornbill FC) Kritsada Kaman (Chonburi FC) Wisarut Imaura (True Bangkok United) Ratthanakorn Maikami (Buriram United) Ekanit Panya (Singha Chiangrai United) Anon Amornlerdsak (True Bangkok United) Jaroensak Vongkorn (Samut Prakarn City FC)

Forwards: Sittichok Paso (Chonburi FC) Supachok Sarachat (Buriram United) Supachai Jaided (Buriram United) Suphanat Mueanta (Buriram United)

Southeast Asian Games 2019: Azkals full schedule, live stream, when and where to watch, squad, timing in PDF

The 30th Southeast Asian Games is upon us, as a total of 11 members of Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) countries will duke it out in the biennial regional multi-sport event.

Set to take place on November 30 to December 11 across 23 cities in the Philippines, the 2019 SEA Games is expected to host almost 10,000 of the best Asian athletes in their respective fields.

The Philippine national football teams for men and women will both be keen on fielding in strong lineups as they try to have a better showing in their previous campaign. Both of the said teams have failed to make it past the group stages in the 2017 edition of the biennial meet.

Philippines football full schedule

Both the Azkals and the Malditas have earned the luck of the draw for the upcoming SEA Games. The Azkals are bunched alongside Timor Leste, Myanmar, Cambodia, and 2017 runner-ups Malaysia in Group B.

Group A, on the other hand, will be composed of Vietnam, Laos, Brunei, Singapore, bronze medalist Indonesia, and defending champions Thailand.

As for the Malditas, they are grouped alongside Myanmar and Malaysia in Group A, while Group B is composed of the likes of Indonesia, runner-ups Thailand, and the defending champions in Vietnam.

Men’s football competition is set to happen on November 25 to December 10, while the women’s football competition will commence on November 26 to December 8. Matches are to be held at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium (Women’s and Men’s), Binan Football Stadium (Women’s and Men’s), and Imus Grandstand (Men’s).

The Azkals’ first group stage match will be up against Cambodia on November 25, 8pm, at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. The Malditas will take on Myanmar at the same day and time, at the Binan Football Stadium.

Live stream, when and where to watch

Live telecast of the games will be broadcasted by two of the biggest networks in the country. ABS-CBN and TV5 have agreed to join forces to cover 56 sports which will have somewhere around 530 gold medals up for grabs.

Both networks are available on cable and free TV.

Squad

Below are the listed 23-man pool for the men’s and women’s football national teams:

Philippine Azkals:

Goal keepers:

Patrick Deyto, Neil Etheridge, Michael Falkesgaard

Defenders:

Daisuke Sato, Carli de Murga, Martin Steuble, Amani Aguinaldo, Luke Woodland, Alvaro Silva, Justin Baas, Elias Mordal, Marco Casambre, Sean Patrick Kane

Midfielders:

Stephan Schrock, Iain Ramsay, Mike Ott, John-Patrick Strauss, Yrick Gallantes

Forwards:

Patrick Reichelt, Angel Guirado, OJ Porteria, Mark Hartmann, Curt Dizon

 

Philippine Malditas:

Goal keepers:

Inna Palacios, Stacey Cavill, Mari Caparros

Defenders:

Mary Lam, Claire Lim, Hali Long, Alesa Dolino, Patrice Impelido, Mea Bernal, Tara Shelton, Calah Simarago, Chelo Hodges

Midfielders:

Camille Rodriguez, Irish Narvaja, Sara Castaneda, Kyla Inquig, Charisa Lemoran, Rocelle Mendano, Hazel Lustan, Dionesa Tolentin, Eloiza Fagsao

Forwards:

Quinley Quezada, Alisha del Campo

The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) is expected to roll out the final lineups in the upcoming weeks.

 

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Southeast Asian Games 2019: Hidliyn Diaz, weightlifting 55kg, schedule, live stream, when and where to watch, timings

The 30th Southeast Asian Games is upon us, as a total of 11 members of Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) countries will duke it out in the biennial regional multi-sport event.

Set to take place on November 30 to December 11 across 23 cities in the Philippines, the 2019 SEA Games is expected to host almost 10,000 of the best Asian athletes in their respective fields.

Hidilyn Diaz put Philippine women’s weightlifting in the map, after becoming the first Filipino woman to win an Olympic medal. She won the silver medal in 2016 Summer Olympics in the women’s 53-kg weight division.

Philippines Weightlifting schedule

The weightlifting event will be held for four days from December 1 to 4 at the (Rizal Memorial Sports Complex) Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Malate, Manila.

Day 1: Women’s 45 kg will begin at 1pm and end 3pm. This is followed by the Men’s 55k at 4pm to 6pm.

Day 2: Women’s 49 kg (10am-12 noon)

    Men’s 61kg (1pm- 3pm)

    Women’s 55kg (4pm to 6pm)

Day 3: Women’s 59 kg (10am-12 noon)

    Men’s 67 kg (1pm-3pm)

    Women’s 64kg (4pm-6pm)

Day 4: Women’s 71 kg (1pm-3pm)

    Men’s 73 kg (4pm-6pm)

After Diaz’s international success, Filipino fans are now paying attention to the sport more than ever, hoping for the next big star.

Live stream, when and where to watch

Live telecast of the games will be broadcasted by two of the biggest networks in the country. ABS-CBN and TV5 have agreed to join forces to cover 56 sports which will have somewhere around 530 gold medals up for grabs.

Both networks are available on cable and free TV.

Squad

Women’s

Mary Flor Diaz — 45 kg

Elien Rse Perez —  49 kg

Hidilyn Diaz — 55 kg

Margaret Colonia — 59 kg

Elreen Ann Ando —  64 kg

Kristel Machrohon — 71 kg

Men’s

John Fabuar Ceniza — 55kg

Dave Lloyd Pacaldo — 61 kg

Nestor Colonia — 64 kg

Jeffrey Garcia — 73 kg

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2019 SEA Games: Men’s football full schedule, time table, where to watch, live stream in PDF

SEA Games 2019

As many as 11 Southeast Asian nations will fight each other to finish on the podium when the men’s football competition in the 2019 SEA Games goes on the floor on November 25 in Philippines.

The competing nations have been split into two groups during a group stage draw with hosts Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Timor-Leste making up Group A while Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam featuring in Group B.

Top two teams from each group will qualify for the knockout stages with the semifinals scheduled for December 7 and the third-place play-off and final to be played on December 10. The Rizal Memorial Stadium and the City of Imus Grandstand will host the matches in the tournament.

Though the men’s tournament is an U-22 tournament for players born on or after January 1, 1997, all teams can field a maximum of two overage players in their 20-member final squads.

Thailand are the defending champions of the men’s football in SEA Games having defeated hosts Malaysia 1-0 in the gold medal match at Shah Alam Stadium back in 2017.

2019 SEA Games – Men’s football competition – Schedule, Fixtures

Group Stages

November 25, 2019 – Malaysia vs Myanmar – Group A
November 25, 2019 – Philippines vs Cambodia – Group A
November 25, 2019 – Vietnam vs Brunei Darussalam – Group B

November 26, 2019 – Thailand vs Indonesia – Group B
November 26, 2019 – Laos vs Singapore – Group B

November 27, 2019 – Myanmar vs Philippines – Group A
November 27, 2019 – Cambodia vs Timor-Leste – Group A

November 28, 2019 – Vietnam vs Laos – Group B
November 28, 2019 – Brunei Darussalam vs Thailand – Group B
November 28, 2019 – Indonesia vs Singapore – Group B

November 29, 2019 – Timor-Leste vs Myanmar – Group A
November 29, 2019 – Philippines vs Malaysia – Group A

December 1, 2019 – Thailand vs Singapore – Group B
December 1, 2019 – Laos vs Brunei Darussalam – Group B
December 1, 2019 – Vietnam vs Indonesia – Group B

December 2, 2019 – Malaysia vs Timor-Leste – Group A
December 2, 2019 – Myanmar vs Cambodia – Group A

December 3, 2019 – Indonesia vs Brunei Darussalam – Group B
December 3, 2019 – Laos vs Thailand – Group B
December 3, 2019 – Singapore vs Vietnam – Group B

December 4, 2019 – Cambodia vs Malaysia – Group A
December 4, 2019 – Timor-Leste vs Philippines – Group A

December 5, 2019 – Brunei Darussalam vs Singapore – Group B
December 5, 2019 – Indonesia vs Laos – Group B
December 5, 2019 – Vietnam vs Thailand – Group B

Knockout stages

December 7, 2019 – Winners Group A vs Runners-up Group B – Semifinal 1
December 7, 2019 – Winners Group B vs Runners-up Group A – Semifinal 2

December 10, 2019 – Losers SF1 vs Losers SF 2 – Third-place Play-off
December 10, 2019 – Winners SF1 vs Winners SF2 – Final

Southeast Asian Games 2019 tickets: Where to buy online, website, venues, sports list

The 30th Southeast Asian Games is upon us, as a total of 11 members of Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) countries will duke it out in the biennial regional multi-sport event.

Set to take place on November 30 to December 11 across 23 cities in the Philippines, the 2019 SEA Games is expected to host almost 10,000 of the best Asian athletes in their respective fields.

Filipinos will get a chance to watch their best homegrown athletes compete live. This will be the fourth time the country will host the esteemed event since 1981, 1991 and 2005.

Here’s how you can avail tickets and watch the game live as it happens.

WATCH: 2019 SEA Games official theme song ‘We Win As One’ performed by Lea Salonga

Where to buy/Website

The 2019 SEA Games tickets are being distributed by the event’s official ticketing outlet, SM Tickets and have been made available to the public thru their website since October 3.

Those who prefer to get their tickets on hand can visit several SM ticket centers across the country. Sports determined to be less popular by the organizers will have a minimal fee.

You may visit the 2019 SEA Games’ official website for more information.

READ — Mastercard comes in as gold sponsor for 30th SEA Games

Venues and sports list

The 30th iteration of the biennial meet might just be one of its biggest yet, holding 530 events across 56 sports and 63 disciplines.

All events will be scattered across four designated clusters or hubs: namely Clark, Subic, Metro Manila, and “Other Areas”

The opening ceremony will be held at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan, while the closing ceremony will be in New Clark City. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will be present to preside over the opening and closing ceremonies.

READ — PhilSoc releases official schedule of 56 events for 2019 SEA Games

Southeast Asian Games 2019: Philippines basketball full schedule, live stream, when and where to watch, squad, timing in PDF

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The 30th Southeast Asian Games is upon us, as a total of 11 members of Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) countries will duke it out in the biennial regional multi-sport event.

Set to take place on November 30 to December 11 across 23 cities in the Philippines, the 2019 SEA Games is expected to host almost 10,000 of the best Asian athletes in their respective fields.

Basketball, of course, remains as the most popular sport in the host nation, and the Philippines will be fielding a formidable unit in both the 5×5 and 3×3 categories of the tournament.

Philippines basketball full schedule

For the first time ever in its rich history, the SEA Games will feature a 3×3 basketball competition. The sport’s growing popularity in recent years have made it enticing to watch for fans, who wishes to see a more physical and fast-paced game.

3×3 basketball will be held from December 1 to 2 at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan, Manila, for both the men’s and women’s division.

The 5×5 tournament, meanwhile, will take place on December 4 to 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. The Philippine men’s team has dominated the tournament in recent years, capturing the gold twelve times. The Gilas Pilipinas women’s team, on the other hand, will look to take the title away from two-time champion Malaysia.

Live stream, when and where to watch

Live telecast of the games will be broadcasted by two of the biggest networks in the country. ABS-CBN and TV5 have agreed to join forces to cover 56 sports which will have somewhere around 530 gold medals up for grabs.

Both networks are available on cable and free TV.

According to a revised schedule the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc), Gilas will battle Singapore first in a Group A clash on November 3 at 8:15 p.m.

The home team will then take on Vietnam on Friday, December 6 and Myanmar on Saturday, December 7, also scheduled at 8:15 p.m.

Squad

Men’s 5×5

Multi-titled PBA coach Tim Cone has been tasked to form a 15-man line-up in a bid to defend the Philippines’ 5×5 title. Included in his pool are members of his Barangay Ginebra team including LA Tenorio, Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Scottie Thompson, Stanley Pringle, and Art dela Cruz.

READ — How good will Tim Cone’s Ginebra core be in SEA Games? (Part 1)

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Completing the group are All-Stars June Mar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, Vic Manuel, RR Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Chris Ross, Christian Standhardinger, and Matthew Wright. Kiefer Ravena has also been added in the pool, replacing the injured Jayson Castro.

READ — Is Kiefer Ravena a shoo-in in coach Tim Cone’s Final 12 for SEA Games?

Coach Cone is expected to announce the Final 12 in the coming weeks.

READ — Who will likely get cut from final SEA Games line-up?

Men’s 3×3

Coach Ronnie Magsanoc has assembled a 12-man pool consisting of Raymond Almazan, Baser Amer, Chris Banchero, Mac Belo, Chris Newsome, CJ Perez, Jason Perkins, Terrence Romeo, Ian Sangalang, Anthony Semerad, and Mo Tautuaa. Robert Bolick has been ruled out due to a knee injury. Only four players will be selected for the final line-up.

READ — SBP seeks to maximize Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 pool brimming with talent

Women’s 5×5

Coach Pat Aquino formed a 16-women pool led by holdovers April Bernardino and Jack Animam.

READ — Ace scorer Afril Bernardino determined to help Gilas women team’s SEA Games gold hunt

Joining them are Janine Pontejos, Clare Castro, Andrea Tongco, Chack Cabinbin, Snow Penaranda, Camille Claro, Tina Deacon, Sarah Porter, Kelli Hayes, Khate Castillo, Gemma Miranda, Danica Jose, Bea Daez, and Eunique Chan.

READ — Returning Danica Jose willing to double shift as Gilas women’s team player, office worker

Women’s 3×3

(To be updated)

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Prodigy Luqman Hakim included in Malaysia preliminary squad for 2019 SEA Games

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Luqman Hakim Shamsudin, the 17-year-old forward who has earned a contract with Belgian club KV Kortrijk, has been included in Malaysia’s preliminary squad for 2019 Southeast Asian Games. 

Luqman, who will sign a five-year contract with the Belgian top division club once he turns 18 in March 2020, is one of the 28 players who have been called up by Malaysia U-23 head coach Ong Kim Swee for their SEA Games campaign.

The men’s football competition in the SEA Games is expected to get underway in Manila on November 25 with Malaysia pooled with hosts Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia and Timor-Leste in Group A.

Luqman is one of the five U-18 players who have been included in the preliminary list along with Harith Haiqal Adam Afkar, Muhamad Umar Hakeem Suhar Rezwan, Muhamad Mukhairi Ajmal Mahadi and Muhammad Azam Azmi Murad.

The list will be reduced to 20 players before the team leaves for the SEA Games on November 23.

Malaysia’s 28-member preliminary squad for 2019 SEA Games

Muhamad Shahrul Nizam Ros Hasni, Muhammad Danial Haqim Draman, Nik Akif, Nik Azli Nik Alias (all from Kelantan FA), Ariff Ar-Rasyid Ariffin, A Shivan Pillay, Damien Lim Chien Kai, Muhammad Jafri Muhammad Firdaus Chew (PKNS FC), R Dinesh, Mohamad Faisal Abdul Halim, M Kogileswaran (Pahang FA), Luqman Hakim Shamsudin, Harith Haiqal Adam Afkar, Muhamad Umar Hakeem Suhar Rezwan (Mokhtar Dahari U17 Academy), Mohd Fadzrul Danel Mohd Nizam, Mohammad Fayadh Mohd Zulkifli Amin (Kedah FA), Muhammad Haziq Mohd Subri, Muhammad Khairul Amizan Suhaimi (Perak TBG), Muhammad Azri Ab Ghani (FELDA United), Muhammad Haziq Nadzli (Johor Darul Ta’zim), Mohamad Hariz Kamarudin (JDT II), K Thivandaran (PJ City FC), Muhammad Mukhairi Ajmal Mahadi (PKNP FC), Evan Wensley Wenceslaus (Sabah FA), Muhammad Amirul Ashraf Ariffin (Selangor FA), Muhammad Azam Azmi Murad (Terengganu FC), Quentin Cheng (B-21 Central Coast Mariners), Muhammad Hadi Fayyadh Abdul Razak (Fagiano Okayama)

Dates set for two friendly matches between Indonesia and IR Iran U-23s this month

Indonesia

Indonesia U-23 national team will face IR Iran in two friendly matches this month as part of their preparations for this month’s 2019 SEA Games.

The Garuda Muda are preparing for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games which is slated to begin on November 26 while Iran are gearing up for the 2020 AFC U23 Championship which will be held in Thailand from January 8 to 26, 2020.

It was earlier reported that the two sides will play a friendly fixtures in November, however it has now been confirmed that they will play two matches instead of one.

The first match is scheduled to be held on November 13 at the Manahan Stadium in Central Java before they meet each other once again three days later at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta.

Hamid Estili’s Iran are in Group C of the AFC U23 Championship where they are pooled with Uzbekistan, China PR and Korea Republic with the top three sides from the tournament qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Meanwhile, Indra Sjafri’s Indonesia  are in Group B in the men’s football competition of the SEA Games along with Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam. Indonesia had reached the semifinals in the 2017 edition of the SEA Games.

They had emerged as the Southeast Asian champions at AFF U-22 Championship 2019 defeating Thailand 2-1 in the final held in February.

Thailand drop Sweden-born defender from 2019 SEA Games camp for lying about injury

Thailand Kevin Deeromram

Thailand head coach Akira Nishino has dropped Kevin Deeromram from his squad after the defender failed to report to the U-23 national team camp.

The 22-year-old Port FC star was among probables named by Nishino for the camp ahead of the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines and the 2020 AFC U23 Championship that Thailand will host in January 2020.

The left-back had pulled out of the national team camp citing an injury. However, it has emerged that Kevin was among the players who were named in a warm-up game for Port FC during the same time U-23 national camp was being held.

Kevin was part of the Thailand U-23 national team that won the gold at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia two years ago.

 

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“We [coaches] presented [Kevin’s] name to Nishino for a place in the senior team but decided that he would be of more use in the U-23s. There are not many left wing-backs around who are below 23 years, so we wanted him to train with the youth team,” Thailand assistant coach Anurak Srikerd was quoted as saying by the Bangkok Post.

“But we were informed that he could not join the team because he had an injury. And this was not the first time — every time we gave him a national team call-up, he excused himself by citing injury,” Anurak told the Thai news outlet.

“The proper procedure would have been to report to the camp and then pull out. At least, when he is in the camp and he is not feeling well, the national team doctor can look after him. His acts show he doesn’t realise the importance of being a national team player,” the Thailand assistant coach added.

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“At first, Nishino said he will not call him for any national side again because Kevin doesn’t seem to be willing to play for the national team. However, we are not closing the door on him for the national team. We want him to change his attitude because he could be one of the key players for Thailand in the future,” he said.

Thailand are in Group B of the men’s football competition in the 2019 SEA Games along with Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam and Laos. The matches are slated be held from November 26 to December 10.

Vietnam U-22s maintain unbeaten record after 1-1 draw against UAE in friendly

Vietnam AFC u23 SEA GAmes

Vietnam U-22 national team have held the United Arab Emirates (UAE) U-22s to a 1-1 draw in a friendly match at the Hong Nhat Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City. 

After a goalless first half, Tahnoon Al Zaabi opened the scoring for the visiting UAE side in the 49th minute, but the hosts struck back immediately as Ha Duc Chinh found the equaliser in the 52nd minute.

The score remained 1-1 as the referee brought an end to the game meaning that Vietnam U-22s maintained their unbeaten streak in matches this year as they warm up for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games slated for next month.

Before Sunday’s game, Vietnam had played two friendly matches in 2019 recording 2-0 wins over Myanmar and China PRthe second result leading to the sacking of Guus Hiddink as the head coach of the China U-22s.

The men’s football competition in the 2019 SEA Games, hosted by Philippines, will be held from November 26 to December 10, 2019 and Vietnam are in Pot 3 for the group stage draw along with Myanmar.

Thailand and hosts Philippines are in Pot 1 while Malaysia and Indonesia are in Pot 2. Pot 4 consists of Singapore, Laos, Cambodia, Timor-Leste and Brunei Darussalam. The group stage draw for the SEA Games football competition is to be held on October 15.

Park Hang-seo’s Vietnam will also take part in the 2020 AFC U23 Championship scheduled to be held in Thailand on January 2020.

(Photo credit: Vietnam News Agency)

Indonesia U-22s to face China, Jordan and Saudi Arabia in international tournament

Indonesia U-22

The Indonesia U-22 national team will travel to China PR to take part in the Three Gorges Bank Cup International Football 2019 which will feature four national teams.

The team, coached by Indra Sjafri, will take part in the tournament being held in Chongqing that will help the Indonesians in their preparations for the 30th Southeast Asian Games which will begin in Philippines next month.

2017 SEA Games bronze medallists will take part in the four-nation tournament that will also feature the teams of hosts China, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

Garuda Muda will face Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the tournament on October 9 before facing the Chinese on October 11. Their last opponent will be Jordan who they will face two days later on October 13.

AFF U22 Championship 2019 winners Indonesia are in Pot 2 for the 2019 SEA Games group stage draw which is scheduled to be held on October 15.

Hosts Philippines and 2017 champions Thailand are in Pot 1 while 2017 runners-up Malaysia and Garuda Muda are in Pot 2. Myanmar and Vietnam make up Pot 3 while Pot 4 features Singapore, Laos, Brunei Darussalam, Timor-Leste and Cambodia.

The men’s football competition in the SEA Games is to be held from November 26 to December 10 and will feature 11 Southeast Asian nations competing for the gold medal.

Indonesia’s Three Gorges Bank Cup International Football 2019 fixtures

October 9, 2019 – Saudi Arabia vs Indonesia

October 11, 2019 – China PR vs Indonesia

October 13, 2019 – Jordan vs Indonesia

Reigning champions Thailand want friendly against Vietnam or UAE ahead of 2019 SEA Games

Thailand SEA GAmes

2017 Southeast Asian Games men’s football champions Thailand want to face Vietnam or United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a friendly match ahead of the 2019 SEA Games. 

Senior national team head coach Akira Nishino will also be in charge of the U-23 side who will take part in the SEA Games to be held in Philippines from November 26 to December 10 as well as the 2020 AFC U23 Championship to be hosted by Thailand in January next year.

But, they are yet to schedule a friendly match with another national team in the build up to the SEA Games and are currently on the lookout for possible opponents for matches on October 11 and 14.

“We want some friendly games with other countries on October 11 and October 14 before the SEA Games starts. We have contacted other countries, including the UAE and Vietnam, and are waiting for confirmation,” Thailand U-22 assistant coach Issara Sritaro was quoted as saying by the Voice of Vietnam.

However, with Vietnam and UAE already scheduled to face each other in a friendly at the Thong Nhat Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City on October 13, it looks unlikely that either of the sides will be willing to play Thailand so close to the scheduled game.

“If both of them refuse, we will approach some local clubs,” Sritaro said.

Nishino’s side are in Pot 1 along with hosts Philippines for the 2019 SEA Games men’s football competition draw which has now been rescheduled from October 3 to October 15.

Thailand had defeated hosts Malaysia 1-0 in the 2017 SEA Games final held at the Shah Alam Stadium to win their 16th gold medal in men’s football at the Southeast Asian multi-sport event.

Singapore U-22s to face UAE and Macau as part of 2019 SEA Games preparations

Singapore

Singapore U-22 national team will face the United Arab Emirates (UAE) U-22s and Macau national ‘A’ team this month as part of their preparations for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

Fandi Ahmad’s men will face UAE U-22s on October 9 followed by the game against the Macau senior team on October 13 with both matches set to take place at the Bishan Stadium and open and free to the public.

The Singapore U-22s had faced Fiji in a friendly match in September at the Bishan Stadium with the hosts running out 2-0 winners, courtesy of goals from Daniel Goh and Syahrul Sazali. They remain unbeaten this year having drawn two and won four matches in 2019.

Singapore have called up 24 players for the two friendly matches and the training camp which will be held later this month in Japan.

The men’s football tournament in the 2019 SEA Games, to be hosted by Philippines, will be held from November 26 to December 10.

Singapore’s 24-member squad for October friendlies and training camp

GOALKEEPERS: Kenji Rusydi, Adib Nur Hakim, Irfan Najeeb (all Young Lions)

DEFENDERS: Jordan Vestering (Hougang United), Ryhan Stewart, Tajeli Salamat (both Warriors FC), Syahrul Sazali, Lionel Tan, Akram Azman (all Young Lions)

MIDFIELDERS: Abdul Rasaq, Nur Luqman, Jacob Mahler, Joshua Pereira, Naqiuddin Eunos, Syed Firdaus, Saifullah Akbar (all Young Lions), Arshad Shamim (Home United), Daniel Goh, Raihan Rahman (both Balestier Khalsa), Nikesh Singh (Hougang United), Shah Shahiran (Tampines Rovers)

FORWARDS: Amiruldin Asraf (Home United), Haiqal Pashia, Syukri Bashir (both Young Lions)