Kuala Lumpur: The race for 2021 SEA Games supremacy kicks off in Hanoi on Friday with defending men's champions Vietnam in action on the first day of the men's football competition.
An added incentive for three of the perennial contenders for the men's football gold medal is the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023, with Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam all having qualified for the continental showpiece.
On 13 June, the winners of the AFC play-off between Australia and UAE on 7 June – also played at the same venue – will face Peru, who finished fifth in the CONMEBOL qualifiers. One day later, Costa Rica, who came fourth in the Concacaf qualifiers, will play OFC champions New Zealand. Both matches will start at 21:00 local time.