February 6 – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has rescheduled AFC Cup matches involving Vietnamese clubs Ho Chi Minh City FC and Than Quang Ninh FC as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
The decision comes after the Vietnamese government issued a blanket ban on sporting events in the country during February which has already led to the rescheduling of Vietnam Super Cup, V.League 1, V.League 2 and the Vietnamese National Cup.
“The AFC has been informed by the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) that the Vietnam government will not be allowing the hosting of any sporting event in the country in February 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak,” the AFC said in a statement.
“This decision affects the AFC Cup 2020 group stage matches involving Vietnamese clubs Ho Chi Minh City FC and Than Quang Ninh,” it said.
Accordingly home matches of Ho Chi Minh City FC and Than Quang Ninh FC will now be switched away.
“Ho Chi Minh City’s first match against Yangon United will now take place in Myanmar on February 11 with the next match in Vietnam scheduled for April 29, 2020,” the AFC said.
“Similarly, Than Quang Ninh will face Ceres Negros on February 25 in the Philippines before the two sides face off again in Vietnam on May 13.”
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