Thursday, February 24, 2011
Awaiting cup news
Winning the domestic Metfone C-League Championship last season has qualified Phnom Penh Crown for the AFC President's Cup competition this season, the 3rd occasion that Crown will represent Cambodia. There was newspaper talk of Cambodia hosting some of the competition's games this time around and that's still an iron in the fire as far as I know, pending the official draw for the group stages that will be held on 14 March in Kuala Lumpur. Teams from 12 member associations – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Chinese Taipei, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan - will be taking part in three groups at the initial stage. The top two teams in each group qualify for the six team finals, which were hosted by Myanmar last season. The previous occasions that Crown have competed in the AFC President's Cup began in 2005, losing in the opening road of games despite a 2-1 success over Pakistan champions WAPDA. And in 2009 Crown earned themselves many plaudits despite two defeats and a win over Bhutan’s Yeedzin, which was not enough to secure passage to the second round of the Cup.