Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Let me assure you that this blog is not turning into the football mouthpiece of Cambodia, well, maybe it is, but only because the Cambodian team have 3 international matches beginning this weekend, so it's hot news. An interview with the national team coach Prak Sovannara should appear here sometime tomorrow, once its appeared in the Phnom Penh Post, so stayed tuned. In the meantime, I have some more hot news about next year's 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup (which used to be called the Tiger Cup). It's the competition where Cambodia reached the final stages in December in Jakarta, but lost all three games that they played against superior strength opposition. The 2010 competition will be hosted between Vietnam - who surprised everyone by beating Thailand to win the Suzuki Cup last time around - and Indonesia and the finals will be played in December 2010. However, Cambodia's involvement will begin earlier, between 14-24 October 2010 when the qualifying competition will be held in Laos and will see two teams going through from a group of five participating countries - Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, Brunei and East Timor. The countries already earmarked for the finals are Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar. Don't forget that Cambodia will be going to play in Laos for the SEA Games in December of this year as well.