Wednesday, May 9, 2012

One eye on Singapore

The goalscoring legend - Aleksandar Duric
I know that all eyes are on today's AFC President's Cup final day of Group B qualifying matches, with Phnom Penh Crown taking on the leaders on goal difference, Dordoi Bishkek from Kyrgyzstan at 4.30pm. Fingers crossed we don't have a torrential downpour again to spoil the enjoyment of what promises to be a big crowd. The cup competitions don't stop for Crown after today's game. On Monday, the team travel to Singapore to take part in the RHB Singapore Cup, where they meet one of Singapore's best clubs, Tampines Rovers on Wednesday 16th May at 7.45pm at the Clementi Stadium. Tampines are the reigning Singapore League champions and have won the cup on three previous occasions. In Aleksandar Duric they have one of the legends of Asian football, who has scored goals for fun wherever he's played. Now 41, he arrived in the Singapore League in 1999 and has performed with distinction for five different clubs scoring well over 300 goals. Born in Bosnia, he also played and scored for clubs in Serbia, Sweden, Hungary, China and Australia. This season Tampines are currently in fifth place, are involved in the AFC Cup and include players from France, Croatia and Macedonia in their line-up.
As for this season's RHB-sponsored Singapore Cup, it will be its 15th edition, with preliminary round matches being one game affairs whilst subsequent rounds are two legs. This season, five foreign teams have been invited to participate alongside eleven Singapore League sides. All matches begin at 7.45pm.
  • 14 May: Singapore Armed Forces v Balestier Khalsa
  • 15 May: Albirex Niigata v Yotha (Laos) ** Postponed until 26 May **
  • 16 May: Tampines Rovers v Phnom Penh Crown (Cambodia)
  • 17 May: Brunei DPMM v Home United
  • 18 May: Loyola Meralco Sparks (Philippines) v Geylang United [live on TV]
  • 19 May: Kanbawza (Myanmar) v Woodlands Wellington
  • 20 May: Gombak United v Harimau Muda B (Malaysia)
  • 21 May: Tanjong Pagar United v Hougang United


Anonymous said...

Dang! How many competition are you guys doing at once? Three? Do you guys ever get tired?

Andy Brouwer said..., yes we are doing back-to-back competitions...Metfone C-League, AFC President's Cup and Singapore Cup...but its great to be involved in these international competitions as we can pit ourselves against good quality teams, as we always look to improve and better ourselves. This is important.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Andy Brouwer. what do you think about the team match on that day? look Crown team today better compare with previous year?

Appreciated on your effort on Cambodia football. i am the one of fan that always see you there (khmer stadium). :)

Andy Brouwer said...

The Crown team last year was pretty experienced yet we still lost to S'pore Armed Forces 4-0. It will be interesting to see how this year's team compares as we play another very strong team in Tampines. I am interested to see S'pore football as I keep hearing that the standard is going down and I'm keen to compare on of their best teams to one of Cambodia's very best teams. It should be an exciting game next Wednesday.