Malaysia, Indonesia propose Southeast Asia football league

KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 – Malaysia and Indonesia are proposing the formation of a trans-national football league in Southeast Asia to help revitalise the club game in the region, according to Minister of Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

Ahmad Shabery said his Indonesian counterpart Andi Mallarangeng had approved of the plan for the league, which would be set up within the framework of the 11-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).

“I believe a league among Asean countries will help raise the standard of football in the region,” he told news agency Bernama.

The Asean countries already compete against each other in a biennial competition for national teams as well as at the biennial Southeast Asian Games, the last version of which took place in Laos last year.

Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, East Timor and Vietnam are the other Asean nations. – Reuters