Monday, January 16, 2012

Cup palava

The opening regional group matches of the 2012 Hun Sen Cup have been completed but the picture is still as clear as mud. 5 group winners will progress to the next stage, to be played in Phnom Penh, and will be joined by the 'best' three runners-up. The group winners are known already, whilst the FFC will now decide which three other teams will make the cut. It looks like their version of the three next best teams will be Kampot, Battambang and Kratie. The group winners, who are definitely through, are Boeung Ket Rubber Field (probably the worst name in the history of new teams) from Kompong Cham, Asia Euro University, Pailin, Koh Kong and Stung Treng. As for the playing dates of the next round, when the top eight teams from the C-League join the fray with the 8 teams to progress from the opening round, we are still awaiting the schedule from the FFC, which in itself is ridiculous. To not have the competition programme for the country's biggest cup competition, not to mention the start of the Metfone C-League season set in stone, is frighteningly inadequate. But I am not surprised, especially with the interruption of the U-21 invitational tournament in Brunei looking set to throw a spanner in the works of the Hun Sen Cup schedule.
Update: The FFC have announced that the four highest-placed C-League teams will be seeded in the 4 groups to be played in Phnom Penh, at the Olympic Stadium and at the Army Stadium. The groups will be of four teams apiece and the matches will be played between 1-12 February. The draw itself has yet to be made; no surprises there.


Anonymous said...

Andy, does the Brunei U21 invitational clash with the Hun Sen Cup? If so, some C-league teams will be seriously weakened. Spanner indeed!

Andy Brouwer said...

Who knows? I've heard differing accounts of when the Hun Sen Cup competition will be played.
The next stage is the group stage in PPenh and that kicks off 1 Feb I believe. That will involve 3 games for all 16 clubs. They've mentioned a date of 12 Feb as the closing date but that can only be the end of the group games, surely.
We then need to have the quarter finals, semi finals and then the final. The Hun Sen Cup finished in mid-March last year. I anticipate that we'll have to wait til after the Brunei tournament to complete this year's competition, unless the FFC can shoe-horn all these games into the period before the Brunei fiasco.
There's an FFC meeting with the teams on 20 Jan, when we should know more. To be honest, its a shambles, not having the dates of the Hun Sen Cup set in stone for months in advance, and of course, setting a start date for the C-League competition as well.
How can anyone be expected to run a professional football club when the federation operate in this fashion.

Anonymous said...

poor planning! Maybe also communication problem/weakness.