| DILI (20 Nov 2009) – Timor Leste are ready for anything at the SEA Games in Laos next month and they are savouring their opening match in Group A against Malaysia at the newly-built National Stadium in Vientiane on 2 December 2009.
Timor Leste Football Federation (LTFF) president Francisco Kabualdi (pix) said that the team had never paid much emphasis in wanting to play against which opponent or avoiding the others.
“The important thing is that at the SEA Games, we participate with our ASEAN brothers. Timor are always ready,” said Francisco.
“We are new and we are a small country and we want to learn from the family. The team only had some two months of training and they played only local matches.
“We will head to Vientiane a little early, possibly on 28 November. But we will not be playing any games there but just prepare to play Malaysia. I hope that we can make the semi-finals.”
Following the Timor Leste-Malaysia match which will be played at 1500hrs (local time) defending champions Thailand will open their campaign against Vietnam at 1745hrs at the same venue.
The opening match in Group B will be played only on 5 Dec considering that they are only four teams in the group as against five teams in Group A.
The first match in Group B at the National Stadium will be Singapore taking on Indonesia while hosts Laos will play Myanmar, who were the silver medallist two years ago in Thailand.
Group A: Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Timor Leste, Cambodia
Group B: Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, Indonesia
2 Dec (Main Stadium): Malaysia vs Timor Leste (1500hrs)/ Thailand vs Vietnam (1745hrs)
4 Dec (Chao Anu Vong Stadium): Thailand vs Cambodia 1500hrs)/ Vietnam vs Timor Leste (1745hrs)
5 Dec (Main Stadium): Singapore vs Indonesia (1500hrs)/ Laos vs Myanmar (1745hrs)
6 Dec (Main Stadium): Vietnam vs Malaysia (1500hrs)/ Timor Leste vs Cambodia (1745hrs)
7 Dec (Chao Anu Vong Stadium): Myanmar vs Singapore (1500hrs)/ Indonesia vs Laos (1745hrs)
8 Dec (Chao Anu Vong Stadium): Timor Leste vs Thailand (1500hrs)/ Cambodia vs Malaysia (1745hrs)
9 Dec: Opening Ceremony
10 Dec (Chao Anu Vong Stadium): Myanmar vs Indonesia (1500hrs)/ Laos vs Singapore (1745hrs)
11 Dec (Chao Anu Vong Stadium): Cambodia vs Vietnam (1500hrs)/ Malaysia vs Thailand (1500hrs)
14 Dec (Chao Anu Vong Stadium): Semi-finals
17 Dec: Third/ Fourth Placing (1500hrs at Chao Anu Vong Stadium)/ FINAL (1700hrs at Main Stadium)