​Vietnam’s top-tier football league postpones two early matches as storm Doksuri nears

The SHB Da Nang-SLNA and FLC Thanh Hoa-Quang Nam games will take place on Sunday instead of this Friday

Team SLNA pose for a group photo before a V-League 1 game.

Two early games on Friday of the 2017 V-League 1, Vietnam’s top-tier football competition, have been postponed as tropical storm Doksuri is expected to make landfall this weekend.

The Round-18 fixtures, SHB Da Nang-SLNA and FLC Thanh Hoa-Quang Nam, scheduled for late Friday in the central city of Da Nang and the north-central province of Thanh Hoa, will be played on Sunday afternoon, the league organizers confirmed on Thursday.

V-League 1 matches usually take place on the weekend.

Da Nang and Thanh Hoa, and other provinces and cities from Hai Phong to Quang Ngai, are forecast to see typhoon Doksuri reach the mainland later on Friday.

The storm, the tenth to have hit Vietnam in the year to date, is said to be the strongest in a decade.

The three other Round 18 games slated for Saturday, Becamex Binh Duong-Hanoi, Hai Phong-Sanna Khanh Hoa and XSKT Can Tho-Ho Chi Minh FC, will take place as planned.

If the weather worsens at the last minute, these matches will be delayed to Sunday, according to the organizers.

“The postponement means we have to spend extra costs staying for two more days in Da Nang,” a SLNA leader told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

The top-flight 2017 V-League 1 consists of 14 clubs, running between January 7 and November 19, 2017. The defending champions are Hanoi T&T.

After 17 rounds, FLC Thanh Hoa top the tally with 33 points, while Long An stand at the bottom with 5 points.

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