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Vietnamese clubs Ho Chi Minh City FC and Than Quang Ninh rise up in AFC Club Rankings

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Vietnamese clubs Ho Chi Minh City FC and Than Quang Ninh have climbed up in the AFC Club Rankings following their decent displays in AFC Cup 2020. 

2019 V.League 1 runners-up Ho Chi Minh City are currently topping Group F of AFC Cup 2020 having won two and drawn one in three matches played so far. They had defeated Lao Toyota FC 2-0 in their latest group stage tie.

Meanwhile, Than Quang Ninh defeated Cambodian champions Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng FC 4-1 last Wednesday and are currently second in Group G — three points behind toppers Ceres-Negros FC.

As a result of these displays, Ho Chi Minh City have climbed eight spots in the latest AFC Club Rankings to occupy 100th rank in Asia, according to FootyRankings, while Than Quang Ninh jumped 10 places to take up the 101st spot, just behind their local rivals.

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India’s Bengaluru FC climb to 60th despite failing to secure a place in this season’s AFC Cup while Tampines Rovers rise to 63rd. PSM Makassar also moved improving their ranking to 85th, but Bali United fell to 87th position after a 4-0 defeat to Ceres-Negros.

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Bangladesh’s Bashundhara Kings, who thrashed Maldives’ TC Sports 5-1 in their group stage opener, are also among the biggest movers climbing seven places to 141st in the AFC Club Rankings.

Philippines’ Ceres are the highest-ranked ASEAN club at 23rd while Thai League 1 outfit Buriram United are second at 25th position. Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) of Malaysia are third coming in at 35th rank.

Read more: AFC Country Rankings: Philippines continue their rise; Vietnam overtake Australia again

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UAE’s Ajman Club Signs Cameroonian Striker In Their U-19 Team

Ajman Football Club base in Ajman in the United Arab Emirates, UAE, have boosted their striking options with the signing of Cameroon striker, Lavissa Kiven in their U-19 team.

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Before joining Ajman U-19 Football Club, Lavissa Kiven was at F. Frank Football Academy based in Yaounde.
Speaking to the press, the young striker said, his ambition is work hard to be among the best strikers in the world. According to him, “the only way to succeed is to remain discipline and work hard towards achieving the best.”
According to information obtained from the club, the 19-year-old Lavissa had progressed to play up to four matches with the U-21 side in the same club. Before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic that led to the suspension of the football season, the young striker was already training with the senior team.

In 14 games so far played in UAE, the attacker who also plays as left and right-winger has scored eight goals already.

Lavissa Kiven joins Cameroon International, Sébastien Clovis Siani who signed for the senior team recently. Sebastien Siani was formerly at Al-Jazira FC, a local rival club in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Only four African Africans are in the senior team.

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Cambodia suspend all football tournaments across country to combat COVID-19

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Cambodia has become the latest country in Southeast Asia to suspend all footballing activities including the 2020 Cambodian League season due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Several countries from ASEAN including Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines have suspended their domestic leagues in order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus while countries like Singapore and Myanmar had decided to play behind closed doors.

Cambodia were the only country to have their domestic league running in full steam in the midst of the global pandemic, but they have now decided to suspend all tournaments until further notice.

“The Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC) inform the public that in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the FFC have decided to postpone the 14th Hun Sen Cup, Metfone Cambodian League 2020 and the U-16 National Championship, U-18 National Championship and the delay of the 2020 General Assembly of the Football Federation of Cambodia until further notice,” the FFC said.

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The 2020 season of the Cambodian League has already completed five rounds of matches with Phnom Penh Crown FC leading the table with 13 points. Defending champions Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng FC also have the same number of points, but are second on goal difference.

The Hun Sen Cup, meanwhile, is the country’s domestic cup competition that is split into two stages. The provincial stage featuring clubs from the lower division was held in February, but the national stage during which the top division clubs were to join the competition now stands suspended.

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Former Myanmar national team captain Yan Aung Kyaw to retire at the end of 2020 season

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Yangon United and Myanmar veteran midfielder Yan Aung Kyaw has announced that he will retire from professional football the end of the 2020 season. 

A former captain of the Myanmar national team, Aung Kyaw made his debut for the Asian Lions in 2011 and has won over 60 international caps for the Southeast Asian nation during his career.

He also won a bronze medal for Myanmar at the 2011 Southeast Asian Games while also winning five domestic league titles and three General Aung San Shields with Yangon, the club he has represented since its formation in 2009 along with the Myanmar National League (MNL).

“I previously spoke about my future and mentioned that I will not play for another MNL club against my team Yangon United and another reason is my age. Although I could play one or two more years, I don’t want to play for another club after my contract with Yangon ends in December,” he told Myanmar Times.

Aung Kyaw also hinted that he will move into coaching after retirement and that Yangon United has offered him the opportunity to work at the club.

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“I want to thank to my team president and all the team’s staff including my teammates. They supported me very well and the team has been very good to me. Of course the fans have also always been supportive,” Aung Kyaw added.

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