Monday, November 24, 2008


TOT heading east

Following on from their friendly against the Thai national team this afternoon, TOT head to Vietnam to compete in an eight team tournament.

Binh Duong to test TOT at BTV Cup
Becamex Binh Duong will meet the Telephone Organisation of Thailand (TOT) team at the International Binh Duong Television (BTV) Cup next Friday.

Binh Duong, who were V -League champions in 2007-08, will be down six key players during the game who are in training with the national team in preparation for the ASEAN Football Federation Championship (AFF) next month.

The host team remains confident, with a top form line-up including goalie Nguyen The Anh and Brazilian-born Alves Kesley.

TOT, who ranked in the Thailand Premier League top five this year, will miss captain Suchao Nutnum to the Thailand national team. However 1993 Thailand Football Association Cup winner field Kone Seydou and Kavadio Doniel Pascal from the Ivory Coast will be on hand to show their stuff.

Opening day will also see a face-off between SHB Da Nang and New Radiant SC from Maldives, who will make their first BTV Cup appearance with national team member’s Shamveel Qasim and Ibrahim Amil.

The Maldives team will compete with a squad of newly-recruited players, including brothers Urumov Andrey Kolev and Urumov Spas Kolevm, Kosturkov Yanko Blagoev and Bulgarian coach Stoykov Iordan Ivanov.

This year’s BTV Cup team line-up includes Binh Duong, Da Nang, New Radiant, and TOT in group A and Hai Phong Cement, Dong Tam Long An, Matsubara and a South Korean student team in group B.

The top team from each group will face-off in the semi-finals to qualify for the championship match and the winner’s US$20,000 cash prize.

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