Tiger Cup now the ASEAN Championship

The South East Asian regional football competition, known for 10 years as the Tiger Cup after its then sponsor, Tiger Beer, has had a name change. In 2007 is will be called the ASEAN Football Championship when the event is co-hosted by Thailand and Singapore. According to Worawi Makudi, the secretary-general of the Football Association of Thailand, the seventh edition of the competition will be held from 12 January to 3 February in 2007. The preliminary rounds will be staged in Thailand and Singapore, while the semi-finals and final will use the home-away format. Five nations - the Philippines, Laos, Brunei, Cambodia and East Timor - will contest the qualifying rounds and play for two berths in the finals. The qualifying event will be held in the Philippines from 12-20 November with the hosts taking on Laos in the curtain-raiser. The draw for the two-group first round will be staged in Thailand on 27 November.