Monday, August 20, 2007

Opening of ASEAN U-17 Championship delayed

The opening match match of the 3rd ASEAN U-17 Football Championship in Pnom Penh, Cambodia, was postponed from Sunday afternoon to Monday morning due to heavy rain. Thousands of fans in raincoats stayed in the Olympic Stadium, until the decision to delay the game between Cambodia and neighbouring Thailand was announced. "I spent one dollar to buy a ticket but it was very sad because the match can't be played," said Nen Nat. "It is an international match and I want to watch it. I can't wait until tomorrow because I won't have time on Monday. Tomorrow I will go back to work," he told Xinhua news agency.

"The Cambodian government accepted our proposal to host this event, although the Olympic Stadium has limited facilities and structures. It is pride for Cambodia," said John N. S. Koh, a senior member of the ASEAN Football Federation, the Asia Football Confederation and the FIFA. All South East Asian nations except the Philippines are participating.

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