Friday, October 14, 2011
The big test
Less than a couple of hours to go until Cambodia face their sternest test in the MRYUIFTBIDC Cup (aka BIDC Cup) when they meet Thailand at 3.30pm at the Olympic Stadium. Cambodia will have to put out their best line-up and play out of their skins if they are to beat the competition favourites who've already thrashed the Chinese club side and beaten Vietnam in their two games so far. Coming into this tournament fresh from winning the AFF U-19 championship, Thailand have the bit between their teeth and should win, though a big crowd might just act as Cambodia's extra man, if they shout loud enough. We shall see. PPCFC's Sok Pheng has recovered from his leg injury but will most likely sit on the bench, though Sok Sovan should get the nod again to link up with Sok Rithy at the heart of the home defence. The winners will go onto meet the team that comes out on top from the Vietnam v Myanmar clash that takes place at 5.30pm. The Final of the cup will be at 4pm this coming Sunday. If Cambodia can make it through, as they did in 2009 when they won the first edition of the cup, then the locals will be over the moon. You'd think that such an important game would merit a few lines, or even half a page in the Phnom Penh Post today. But you'd be wrong. Not a peep.