National Team - Lions ● Aug 30, 2022
Lions find out AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2022 group-stage opponents
SINGAPORE, 30 AUGUST 2022 – Singapore have been drawn into Group B for the upcoming ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Mitsubishi Electric (ME) Cup 2022.
Takayuki Nishigaya’s Lions will battle Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar and Laos in their quest to make it to the knockout stages of the 14th edition of ASEAN’s showpiece international tournament, which is set to begin on 20 December and run until 16 January 2023. Singapore open their campaign at home against Myanmar on 24 December and face Laos in an away clash three days later. We then host Vietnam on 30 December before finishing Group B across the Causeway to Malaysia on 3 January.
Singapore’s Group B Fixtures for AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2022
|24 December 2022, Saturday||Singapore vs Myanmar|
|27 December 2022, Tuesday||Laos vs Singapore|
|30 December 2022, Friday||Singapore vs Vietnam|
|3 January 2023, Tuesday||Malaysia vs Singapore|
*Kick-off timings and venues pending confirmation
The Official Draw was conducted today afternoon in Bangkok, Thailand. This year’s tournament will see the return of the full home-and-away format that was first introduced in the 2018 edition, where each team will play two of their group-stage matches on home soil. The top two teams of each group will proceed to the two-legged semi-finals, which will take place from 6 to 10 January 2023.
Nishigaya said: “We will not underestimate any team in the AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2022 and are eager to face our group-stage opponents. The team did well to reach the semi-finals in the previous edition and we will aim to give our best again this time and challenge for the trophy, but it is also important to stay focused and take it game by game.
“Of course, I understand the intense rivalry between Singapore and Malaysia, and it is an experience I am looking forward to. Furthermore, I am very excited as this will be my first time leading the Lions at this regional tournament since taking charge of the team.
“My backroom staff and I have already started to plan for the preparations in the build-up to the tournament, and I know that all our players are looking forward to compete as well. I cannot wait to lead the Lions out at home in front of all of our Singapore fans and do the country proud.”
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