| PETALING JAYA (11 Oct 2010) –With less than two weeks to go to the first match of the qualifying round of the AFF Suzuki Cup in Vientiane, it is all systems go following the assurance from hosts Laos to the AFF Council yesterday.
The 16th meeting of the AFF Council for session 2007/2011 was held at the PJ Hilton in Petaling Jaya.
Soulivanh Xuenvilay, the general secretary of the Laos Football Federation (LFF) said that the country is well and ready to hosts the qualifying tournament.
“There’s no problem in as far as our arrangement for the tournament is concerned. Perhaps, the only thing is that we have had to change the hotel for the match officials due to the distant to the stadium and also the city,” said Soulivanh.
“The new hotel in the city it has better accessibility to the tournament secretariat.”
The AFF Council also received reports from the two hosts of the final round – Indonesia and Vietnam – as to their state of preparation.
Nugraha Besoes, the general secretary of the Indonesia FA (PSSI) said that while the country is ready to play host again for the second time since 2008, the only issue at hand is security.
“We will have the meeting sometime early next month to look at the security issue at the Senayan Stadium. It is all standard procedure rather than actual concern,” he added.
In the meantime, Dr. Tran Quoc Tuan, the general secretary of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) reiterated that the Hang Day Stadium, which is the venue for the last group match is ready after going through a recent refurbishment.
The last group matches will be played simultaneously at the main venue of the My Dinh Stadium and also the Hang Day Stadium.
“The Hang Day Stadium is ready, so there should not be a concern over its preparedness,” said Dr. Tran.