The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has informed the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) that it will withdraw as host for Groups H & I of the AFC Cup 2021 Group Stage.
The competition was due to take place in Singapore between 29 June to 6 July 2021 and would have involved foreign clubs from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.
Singapore’s representatives in these group matches are Lion City Sailors FC & Geylang International FC.
“The FAS has been working with all parties to provide a safe environment for all participants of the tournament,” said the FAS in a statement.
“However, the erratic COVID-19 situation regionally has made the inbound travel challenging for the overseas participating teams.
“In the interest of all the players, the officials and the local community, the FAS has decided not to host the AFC Cup 2021 Group Stage matches.”
In Group H, the Sailors are facing off against Kedah (Malaysia), Persipura (Indonesia) and Saigon (Vietnam).
Geylang’s group I consists of Kaya FC (Philippines) and Terengganu (Malaysia) for the time being with the playoffs for the final slot set to decide the other team in the group.