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Tiger Cup ditches Phnom Penh

Cambodia's hopes of cohosting group matches for this year's Tiger Cup football

tournament have vanished with news that the Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium will not be

ready in time.

Cambodian Football Federation president Khek Ravy said toilet facilities were inadequate

for a capacity crowd and would have resulted in sewage overflows.

Final venues for the premier Southeast Asia football tournament, to be played from

December 7 till 16, remain uncertain; only Malaysia venues are definite now.

Vietnam has volunteered to replace Cambodia as the alternative co-host with Malaysia,

but venues there are subject to ASEAN Football Federation inspection.

AFF secretary Dato Paul Mony Samuel said Vietnam was ready to step in after successfully

hosting the SEA Games last December.

Malaysia-hosted group matches would be played in two Penang stadiums, but if Malaysia

qualified for the semifinal and final, these matches would be played in Kuala Lumpur.

"We will not compromise on the quality of the Tiger Cup as it is the region's

most important football tournament, therefore all semifinal and final matches must

be played in the capital of the qualifying country."

The government awarded the stadium contract four years ago to Yuanta Group, Taiwan,

in a deal involving a payment of $3.6 million and the right to build apartments on

open space around the stadium.



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