Friday, July 4, 2014

Miracle required

The current ACT2014 Group B table
The Academy of Phnom Penh Crown travel to Myanmar this weekend to play their third last Asia U-16 Champions Trophy fixture in Yangon against the Mandalay Academy. They still have a very slim chance of being one of the two teams that progress from Group B into the competition's semi-finals, but that chance will be extinguished if Thailand's Chonburi beat Guangdong FA from China this weekend, which is expected. Not only would it need a miracle for the Chinese to win their first match, but Crown would then need to beat Chonburi both home and away. A very tall order considering Chonburi lead the group with an undefeated record after seven matches and were also the champions of the ACT 2013 edition. They are undoubtedly one of the very best Academy teams in Southeast Asia. Bouy Dary's youngsters travel to Myanmar boosted by two consecutive wins, in Laos and last week at home to Guangdong, and will be looking for revenge after Mandalay won 1-0 in Phnom Penh a few weeks ago. Captain Ouk Sovann and Kim Chhaya are doubtful with injuries but have travelled with the squad. Whatever the outcome, they face Chonburi in the final home game of the competition in a week's time (12 July) and will expect a big crowd for the game, with the public always keen to witness a Cambodian victory over Thai opponents.

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