Friday, March 2, 2012

Cup comes back to Cambodia

The AFC President's Cup - which we didn't get our hands on last year
Annoyingly, I get to hear important information about my club from the website of the AFC, who seem to post breaking news on their website before they notify the clubs themselves. How crap is that, though par for the course as far as football associations are concerned. Anyway, enough grumbling, here's the news. Phnom Penh Crown and Cambodia will again host one of three qualifying group stages of the 2012 AFC President's Cup, between 3-13 May. Which is fantastic news as it will give Crown another great chance to progress to the latter stages, as they did last year. Home advantage counts for a lot. If you have been sleeping under a rock, Crown got all the way to the 2011 final, only to lose 2-3 to hosts Taiwan in a bitterly contested final match. The AFC President's Cup has twelve entrants, the champions of their respective league competitions in 2011. That means three qualifying rounds of 4 teams apiece, with the top 2 teams progressing to the six-team knockout stage. As well as Crown, the other two hosts will be KRL Football Club (from Pakistan) and FC Istiklol (from Tajikistan). The actual draw to see which teams will be in which group will be made on Tuesday 6 March.
The 12 champion teams are: Dhanmondi Club (Bangladesh), Yeedzin FC (Bhutan), Phnom Penh Crown (Cambodia), Taiwan Power Company (Chinese Taipei), Dordoi Dynamo (Kyrgyzstan), Erchim (Mongolia), Nepal Police Club (Nepal), KRL Football Club (Pakistan), Al Amma'ri Youth Club (Palestine), Ratnam Sports Club (Sri Lanka), FC Istiklol (Tajikistan) and Balkan (Turkmenistan).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It'd be curiously interesting if TPC draws into our group and travels to PP for the group match, to say the least. PPC must get ready to entertain the guests.