New four-country tournament mooted for SE Asia

Indonesia has proposed a new annual football tournament with Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam to start in January 2006. The idea was raised during a meeting between the Indonesian (PSSI) and Malaysian (FAM) football associations last week, the Jakarta Post and regional media reported. FAM vice president, Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar, confirmed the proposal "will be presented to the football associations of the four countries."

The national football teams of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) currently play two official tournaments, one within the SEA Games and the other, the Tiger Cup. However, the Tiger Cup is in threat of being wound up after the main sponsor, Tiger Beer, decided to walk away from the event some six months ago.

Asian Football Business Review understands PSSI is concerned with the limited number of games the Indonesian national side currently plays at home. This affects spectator interest and sales of the national kit marketed by addidas. With the national stadium closing for renovation for the 2007 Asia Cup, internationals played in Indonesia for the new tournament will probably be shared around new provincial stadiums.

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