On my way back from Kompong Thom yesterday I had my fingers crossed that Cambodia had made a good start to the AFF Suzuki Cup qualifying football matches being held in Phnom Penh this week. They kicked-off at 4pm yesterday in the first of their 4 matches - and it must've worked as they beat Laos 3-2 at the Olympic Stadium, in front of 15,000 fans (pictured). They now play East Timor tomorrow (Sunday), kick-off at 2pm. I will be there. For the game against Laos, the hosts were 2-1 ahead at half-time with goals from Khim Borey and Sam El Nasa, went further ahead through Sun Sovannarith before holding out against a late surge from the visitors, to win 3-2 and give themselves the best possible start to the tournament. In the competition's opening game, Philippines beat East Timor 1-nil. Come On Cambodia!
By the way, here's the FIFA World Rankings for the teams taking part in the Suzuki Cup qualifiers this week: Philippines are ranked 165th, Cambodia 182, Brunei 184, Laos 190 and East Timor at 200.