Tuesday, March 26, 2013


AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers

Jordan v Singapore 4-0 2,004
Thailand v Kuwait 1-3 (Chanathip) 15,000
Lebanon v Thailand 5-2 (Thitiphan 2) 7,000
Iraq v Indonesia 1-0 3,600
Indonesia v Saudi Arabia 1-2 (Boas Solossa) 75,000
Qatar v Malaysia 2-0 7,320
Malaysia v Yemen 2-1 (Azamuddin, Khryil Muhyeem) 80,000

Well there is an impressive start to the Asian Cup qualifiers for the local nations. If I include Vietnam they also lost both their opening games as well.

All that investment into local football, all that professional management, all them foreign clubs coming here to play friendlies and raise the profile; there is the result. Out of seven games only one has been won!

It is fair to say, and I don't think I will be going out on a limb here, no ASEAN team will qualify for Australia in 2015.

With the exception of Malaysia no team has even garnered a single point.

Big crowds in Malaysia and Indonesia; in Indonesia the home support chucked plastic water bottles at the handful of visiting Saudi fans amid reports of slack security. Nothing new there, similar happened when they met n the 2007 Asian Cup proper.

Malaysia vs Yemen around 8,000 only. lol!
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