Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Later today

If you are going to the two MRYUIFTBIDC Cup matches this afternoon, take a raincoat, umbrella and wellies. It's guaranteed to rain. The sloshing around on the Olympic pitch will begin at 3.30pm when Thailand meet Vietnam, in what should be a closely-fought encounter, if the teams are allowed to play their normal game, unrestricted by the conditions. Both teams will play their U-19 line-ups, which recently clashed in the final of the AFF U-19 championships played in Myanmar, a game which Thailand won on penalties, so with that as the latest form guide, this match could be a close call as well. Thailand thrashed the Chinese club side 7-2 in their last match, after Vietnam had drawn 1-1 with them, in a match ruined by the weather and on-field antics by the Hongxiang players and coaching staff. So the Thais seem to have the edge but never write off the Vietnamese.
In the second game at 5.30pm, the Cambodian U-21 team, with over-age players included, will meet the U-19s from Myanmar, who looked well in control when they eased to a 4-0 win over Laos a couple of days ago. Cambodia beat Laos 2-0 on the opening day of the competition and have had a good rest since then, so might just have the fresh legs to give the Burmese team a run for their money. With a victory under their belts already, the two teams have guaranteed qualification for the semi-finals, so this match will determine who tops the group. Both teams have foreign coaches, German-born Gerd Zeise (pictured) is in charge of Myanmar having previously worked in Germany, Belgium, Vietnam and the Maldives, whilst Lee-Tae-Hoon from South Korea is the man with the task of overseeing Cambodia through this competition and into next month's SEA Games. Lee's previous experience was as assistant coach to the South Korean national women's team.

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