To celebrate the Lantern Festival, the 2017 Minnan Cup Football Tournament is due to kick off on this Friday. Four top-class football team from Xiamen, Zhangzhou, Quanzhou and Longyan will participate in the competition.
Formerly, the Minnan Cup Football Tournament was known as the First Minnan Area Football Championship and last year it was held in Zhangzhou City. From this year on, the tournament will be organised by the Fujian Football Association with its new title. 
The organising committee plans to invite more football teams in the future from Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan to compete. The tournament aims at promoting Minnan culture as well as to pushing forward commercial activities between Minnan areas and the rest of the world.
The four teams competing for this year’s trophy are Xiamen Genesis, Quanzhou Natural, Zhangzhou Yuanjian Typhoon and Longyan Guanzhai Mountain. The tournament will be held from February 10 to 12 at the Haicang Sports Center.