Friday, December 5, 2008
The butterflies are already building in the pit of my stomach as I wait for tonight's big kick-off. At 6pm Cambodia's national football team will open the AFF 2008 Suzuki Cup in Jakarta against the all-powerful Singapore team, hoping to pull off one of the shocks of the tournament. Well, I call them Singapore but half of the squad were born in distant countries around the globe and have ended up in Singapore to ply their trade on the international scene - but that's international sport for you these days, nothing is sacred, especially your nationality. These AFF championships are Southeast Asia's premier football event and the host nation for the Group A matches, Indonesia, are renowned for their fanatical fans, so despite the rain in Jakarta over the last few days, they are sure to whip up the atmosphere into a frenzy for the two opening games. Indonesia take on Myanmar straight after the Cambodia v Singapore opener. Keep up to speed with the Suzuki Cup here.