| VIENTIANE (22 Oct 2010) – Newly appointed president of the Laos Football Federation (LFF) Viphet Sihachakr feels that hosting the qualifying round of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2010 this week is a natural way forward for the country.
Speaking at the team managers’ meeting yesterday, Viphet feels that following Laos’ successful hosting of the SEA Games last year, there’s an air of confidence which the government naturally would want to bank on.
“The qualifying round of the Suzuki Cup 2010 is perhaps the biggest tournament which we have ever hosted in as far as football is concerned but after hosting the SEA Games, we feel that this is the natural way forward for us,” said Viphet.
“But it takes more than just the LFF to make this effort work and I would like to put in on record of my thanks to the AFF (Asean Football Federation), the Laos government and also all those who have made this venture possible.
“It will be an exciting week of football and I believe that everyone is geared towards it.”
The qualifying round of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2010 will be held from 22-26 Oct with four teams – Cambodia, Timor Leste, Philippines and Laos – taking part following FIFA’s continued suspension on Brunei.
The first match at the 20,000-capacity National Stadium will be between Timor Leste and the Philippines before the cruncher between hosts Laos and Cambodia.
22 Oct: Timor Leste vs Philippines (1600hrs) / Laos vs Cambodia (1830hrs)
24 Oct: Cambodia vs Timor Leste (1600hrs) / Philippines vs Laos (1830hrs)
26 Oct: Philippines vs Cambodia (1600hrs) / Laos vs Timor Leste (1830hrs)