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Contenders all set for Vietnam 2019

Monday, August 5, 2019

Thu Dao Mot: Twelve teams will chase regional glory in the 2019 AFF U-18 Championship hosted by Vietnam.

The two-week tournament kicks off on Tuesday with the ASEAN teams using it as preparation ahead of the AFC U-19 Championship 2020 Qualifiers in November. 

Divided into two groups of six teams, the group winners and runners-up will advance to the semi-finals. 

Myanmar, Indonesia, Laos, Timor-Leste, Philippines and Brunei Darussalam are in Group A, and they will play in the capital city of Binh Duong province, while Group B’s Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore and Australia will battle it out in Ho Chi Minh city.

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Group B promises to be a thriller with Vietnam aiming to repeat their 2007 triumph, a feat never repeated as the Young Golden Dragons finished runners-up for times after that. 

Malaysia, who claimed their inaugural trophy last year, will begin their title defence against Vietnam while five-time winners Thailand will play Singapore in their opening Group B fixture on Wednesday. 

Australia, champions in 2015, will be targeting a fifth title and open against Cambodia.

Tim Nasional Indonesia U-18 telah tiba di Vietnam. Tim langsung menggelar sesi latihan perdana yang berlangsung di lapangan latihan klub Becamex Binh Duong FC, Minggu (4/8) pagi.

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Group A features 2018 runners-up Myanmar, who are aiming for their first title since 2005, with Laos their opening opponents on Tuesday. 

Indonesia, champions in 2013, will be counting on the talented brothers Amiruddin Bagus Alfikri and Amiruddin Bagas Arriziqi, who shone at the AFC U-16 Championship last year, to better their third-place finish of 2018. 

Timor-Leste, making their eighth appearance in the competition, will face Indonesia in their opening match on Tuesday. 

Brunei Darussalam and the Philippines will be seeking to advance past the group stage for the first time and this will spur them in Group A.