Tough luck on Cambodia in the football draw made today for the upcoming SEA Games 2011 in Jakarta, Indonesia. They drew the short-end of the straw and were placed in the toughest possible group, Group A, alongside Thailand, Singapore, current holders Malaysia and hosts Indonesia. The matches start on 3 November, Cambodia open up with a game against the hosts on 9 November, with the main SEA Games competition beginning on 11 November. The only consolation is that they didn't draw Vietnam but it's scant as they were in by far the easier group, alongwith Myanmar, Laos, Philippines, Timor Leste and Brunei. Now if Cambodia had been drawn in that group, they could've conceivably progressed, with a lot of good fortune and refereeing decisions going their way, but as it is, they have no chance. They'll be lucky to get a point in fact. It could be murder. The SEA Games is played at U-23 level and Cambodia have been warming up for it with the BIDC Cup against U-19 national teams. Lining up against the U-23 sides of these four countries will be a different kettle of fish as they are far more experienced and rated a higher standard. I await the final squad selection of coach Lee Tae-Hoon with interest.
Cambodia's SEA Games fixtures:
9 Nov Indonesia v Cambodia : 11 Nov Singapore v Cambodia : 13 Nov Thailand v Cambodia : 15 Nov Malaysia v Cambodia. All matches at the 88,000 capacity Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta.