Vietnam have been drawn into Group B alongside hosts Myanmar, Malaysia and the qualification winners, one from Cambodia, Laos, Timor-Leste or Brunei).
Vietnam will be pleased with the draw. Currently 139th in the FIFA world rankings they will be favourite to progress from the group, even though they were seeded in pot 3. Malaysia (167) were in pot 2 due to their appearance in the 2014 AFF Cup Final, while hosts Myanmar have slipped to 167, although they do boast a very promising U23 side. The final slot will be decided during the round-robin qualifying tournament to be held at the 50,000 capacity Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh from 15-21st October.
Having reached the semi-finals of the last tournament the Vietnamese came up against Malaysia, winning 2-1 in Kuala Lumpur but falling to a shock 4-2 defeat at Hanoi’s My Dinh Stadium.
In the final Malaysia narrowly lost to Thailand 4-3 on aggregate; losing 0-2 in Bangkok and winning the reverse fixture 3-2.
The 2016 AFF Suzuki cup runs 19 November to 17 December 2016
Group A features co-hosts Philippines (135), current Champions Thailand (121), Singapore (158) and Indonesia (191) with all group games being held at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue and the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila. The standout fixture in the obligatory group of death will be Thailand v Singapore, with both teams having won the tournament on 4 occasions. The ever improving Philippines will prove tough on home soil, while Indonesia will be something of a surprise package having only just been reinstated on the international scene. The nation were banned from all competitive football, including the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers, as a result of local government interference in the running of their Football Association.