Sunday, November 15, 2009

3rd place decider

The BIDC Cup, won by Cambodia with a thrilling 3-2 victory over HAGL on Sunday
You wouldn't have known it but there was also the third-place BIDC Cup play-off that took place yesterday before the main event. Vissai Ninh Binh met the Laos U23s and the V-League newcomers won 1-0 with a goal from Nigerian-born Dinh Hoang Max on 16 minutes, when he found space in the box to head in a whipped cross from Dang Van Thanh. Laos played the better football with Soukhavong Kaysone shining out on the left wing with his trickery, but they found Dinh Hoang La (aka Kytovka Mykola) in great form and he would've got the best keeper vote if Samreth Seiha hadn't done so well in the final. Laos will be disappointed with their showing at the BIDC ahead of the SEA Games, which they will host in a couple of weeks time. They had an unbeaten record coming into this tournament and ended up losing three out of four matches played. They have some work to do to boost their confidence after this showing.
Vissai Ninh Binh claimed 3rd place and a $5,000 prize
Laos will go back home and lick their wounds, ready for the SEA Games
Vissai Ninh Binh's matchwinner Dinh Hoang Max
Oh my god that bib is atrocious - I look pregnant. I get to shake the massive hands of Vissai Ninh Binh's talented goalkeeper Dinh Hoang La.

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