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FFC president Sao Sokha smiles as he makes the draw for groups of the 2013 BIDC Cup preliminary stage at NagaWorld
FFC president Sao Sokha smiles as he makes the draw for groups of the 2013 BIDC Cup preliminary stage at NagaWorld on Monday. Pha Lina

BIDC Cup groups drawn ahead of U23 team clashes

The 2013 Mekong Region Youth U23 International Football Tournament, known as the BIDC Cup, is set to kick off games on November 2 at the Olympic Stadium.

A draw held at NagaWorld on Monday bracketed the six teams into two groups of three, with Vietnam put with Myanmar and Thailand in Group A, while hosts Cambodia meet Laos and Malaysia in what appears to be an easier Group B.

Football Federation of Cambodia President Sao Sokha, who conducted the draw, said during his address on Monday that two sides – Vietnam and Myanmar – had opted to enter U22 squads while the remaining four teams would be U23, ahead of their appearances at the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar in December.

Title sponsor BIDC, a Cambodian-based subsidiary of Vietnamese bank BIDV, has contributed $220,000 to the running costs of the competition, but Sao Sokha told the reporters that this amount was $45,000 short of the total required. In response, BIDC head director Veng Van Haen offered a bonus of $10,000 to either Cambodia or Vietnam if they go on to win the tournament, while they would collect $5,000 for runners-up spot.

Vietnam will kick off the action on Saturday November 2 against Myanmar, before Cambodia take on Laos. A pair of games will be played once every two days at Olympic Stadium leading up to a Sunday showdown for the grand final on November 10.

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