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Toyota to host fourth Mekong Championship

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Buriram United of Thailand are two-time winners of the four-nation Toyota Mekong Club Championship. Supplied

Japanese vehicle manufacturer Toyota announced yesterday its intention to host a fourth Toyota Mekong Club Championship (TMCC) later this year.

It established the TMCC in 2014 with the objective of enriching the lives of the community through football in the Mekong countries.

The inaugural championship was hosted in Vietnam with clubs participating from four countries – Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. In 2015, Thailand joined the championship and matches were played in all participating countries.

“Considering the great enthusiasm demonstrated by the fans and the success of TMCC over the past few years, Toyota has decided to continue with TMCC in 2017,” said Toyota in a statement announcing the event.

Toyota is partnering with the football associations from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam and is planning to hold the competition from December 2017 to January 2018.

The competition will feature clubs from the Cambodian Metfone C League, Lao Premier League, Thailand’s Toyota League Cup and Vietnam’s Toyota V.League 1.

In addition to enriching lives of the community, Toyota said the TMCC stemmed from its belief that pursuing sports enables the communities to develop their passions and aspirations. Football was chosen as it is a popular sport in this region and has broad appeal that transcends all boundaries.

Last year’s tournament was made up of clubs from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam with the winner of the tournament, for the second time, Buriram United Football Club from Thailand.

Lanexang United Football Club from Laos was the runner-up, while Cambodia’s Boeung Ket exited at the semi-final stage.

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