The Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) has revealed a plan to rename the federation’s knockout tournament as the General Aung San Shield after several years of being known as the MFF Cup.
The shield was a knockout competition for Myanmar clubs between 1957 through 2009, when the fully-professional Myanmar National League held its first season. The revamped MFF Cup began in 2010.
“This year we did not secure a sponsor for this competition,” MFF spokesperson U Soe Moe Kyaw told reporters. “But as this year’s tournament coincided with General Aung San’s birthday celebrations we have brought back the name and hope to continue to contest this trophy on an annual basis.”
Aung San, a Burmese revolutionary hero who is considered the founder of the country’s modern army, is the father of Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Aung San Suu Kyi.
The winners of the competition, which will take place over five rounds and feature 22 clubs, will receive a $30,000 prize and are expected to qualify for the 2016 AFC Cup.
The final is scheduled to be played at General Aung San Stadium in Yangon.