Thursday, September 16, 2010


The draw for the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup, to be held jointly by Vietnam and Indonesia, was made today. The holders of the cup, Vietnam, who won it in 2008 by beating Thailand 3-2 on aggregate, have been drawn in the strongest group, Group B, alongside Singapore and Myanmar, together with the runners-up from the qualifying tournament in Laos at the back end of next month. In Group A, Thailand will face Indonesia and the SEA Games winners Malaysia, as well as the best of the qualifiers. Cambodia, under new coach Lee Tae-Hoon, will take part in the qualifying matches in Laos, meeting the hosts on 22 October, then Timor Leste two days later and finally Philippines on 26 October. 2 of the the 4 teams will progress to the finals.
The Suzuki Cup group matches will follow from 1-8 December, to be staged in Hanoi and Jakarta. After the group matches, the top two teams in each pool will progress to the two-leg semis to be staged home and away on 15/16 December and 18/19 December. The first leg of the final will be on December 26 with the final three days later.

The Phnom Penh Post broke the news today that the management team at Phnom Penh Crown, manager Makara Be and coach Apisit Im Amphai, have both parted company with the recently crowned 2010 Metfone C-League champions. They appear set to join 2nd Division clubs in Thailand, with the native Thai coach joining Buriram and the former Crown manager linking up with Mukdahan FC as their Marketing and PR boss. It signals the start of a completely new regime at Cambodia's premier club, who are due to announce on Monday, the start of a residential football academy for youngsters, the first of its kind in the Kingdom.


Anonymous said...

Andy, i always see you at Olympic stadium and i think that you know a lot about national team selection this year under coach Lee. Could you share with me why some good players were not selected for example Om Thavrak, Sun Sovannarith and Tep Vathanak etc.?

Why new coach (LEE) change player's position? like San Narith from PKR, his position is left wing defender but now changed to midfield.

You know as i observed a lot of coach do like this never success.

Best regards,

Andy Brouwer said...

Hi Chivi,
There are a number of reasons why some of the country's best players were not selected, so I am told. Some are injured, some have suffered a loss of form, some didn't get much game-time during the season just ended, some are sick, some have been left out for discipline reasons and some are in dispute with their clubs. And of course, the coach may disagree with our views that they are the best players in the country :-)
Players are often given the chance to show they can play in more than one position on the pitch. These players are invaluable to a team. One such player is San Narith, who can play as a holding midfield player, and has done so for the national team in the past, as well as at left-back, where he was employed for much of last season by his club.
whilst I disagree with some of the new coach's choices for his squad, we should all get behind and support the national team to cheer them onto Suzuki Cup qualification from Laos. They did it last time, let's hope that can repeat that success.