Friday, December 5, 2008

Flying high

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.
The Cambodia team say a final goodbye at Pochentong Airport before flying to Jakarta. Photo by Tep Phany.

5 Comments:

Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

The Phnom Penh Post finally woke up to the fact that the Cambodia national football team are in SEAsia's premier football comeptition starting tonight. Their back page article on the team's chances appeared in yesterday's PPP.

Here's the link:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/Sport/Cambodia-open-Suzuki-Cup-against-champions-Singapore.html

Ok, better late than never but really PPP, you have got to get your finger out on national sport, particularly the game loved by the majority of Khmer men, football. You'd also do well to have round-ups of the kick-boxing matches that take place every weekend too. Just drive past any street cafe at the weekend and you will get a taste of the interest in this sport too.
Andy

December 5, 2008 at 10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If u can read french, cambodge soir news write always about cambodian football;

Chalie, French

December 5, 2008 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Yes i know that Cambodge Soir covers Cambodian football as my blog pal Chamrouen does the write-ups. But I don't read or speak French so I don't get that newspaper. however the English-language papers could learn a thing or two from it.
Andy

December 5, 2008 at 1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You did a great job, Andy. I hope you can post the result of Cambodian team as well... :D

December 5, 2008 at 4:37 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

I am leaving work soon and will be glued to the television for the opening match, Cambodia v Singapore. I will report on my blog after the final whistle....unless I have one of the all-too-regular electricity power-cuts during the game! Fingers crossed I don't but there may be a power surge with the whole of Cambodia switching on Star Sports at 6pm!
Andy

December 5, 2008 at 5:12 PM  

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