PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – The Toyota Mekong Club Championship will see two key changes this year with the addition of Thailand to the competition and a new format of play.
Kyoichi Tanada, president of Toyota Motor Asia Pacific Pte Ltd (TMAP), said a Thai club would join the competition alongside clubs from Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, who all participated in last year’s tournament.
Mr. Tanada was speaking at a press conference in Bangkok earlier this week, where he announced the matches and format of the regional football tournament. He was joined by officials from each of the five participating federations, including May Tola of the Football Federation of Cambodia.
Meanwhile, Hao Tien, senior vice president of TMAP, said the tournament would be hosted in each participating nation, unlike last year’s inaugural edition held solely in Vietnam.
“Football fans will be able to see their home side play in their home stadium,” he said.
The Toyota Mekong Club Championship begins with a play-off between Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos, with the winner facing Vietnam in the semifinal.
The winner of the semifinal will then go on to play the Thai Toyota League Cup champions in the final on Dec. 20 in Bangkok.
The tournament opener will see last year’s champions Laos welcome the top finisher in the Cambodian league in Vientiane on Sunday, Nov. 1. Phnom Penh is scheduled to host the tournament on Nov. 29, which will have the Cambodian side hosting the champions of the 2015 Myanmar National League.
Competing clubs will vie for a share of the total prize-money of $173,000. The winner receives $75,000.