Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Formal draw sets stage for BIDC Cup

Formal draw sets stage for BIDC Cup

Formal draw sets stage for BIDC Cup

110829_27b
BIDC chief executive Nguyen Van Hien (second left) and FFC president General Sao Sokha at the official draw for the BIDC Cup on Saturday. Photo by: Sreng Mengsrun

BIDC chief executive Nguyen Van Hien (second left) and FFC president General Sao Sokha at the official draw for the BIDC Cup on Saturday. Photo by: Sreng Mengsrun

THE Mekong Region Youth International Football Tournament for the BIDC Cup was launched on Saturday with a formal draw ceremony at the NagaWorld Auditorium to determine the groupings of the six-team competition to be held in Phnom Penh from October 8 to 16.

As hosts of the event, Cambodia enjoyed the privilege of choosing their group.

Football Federation of Cambodia president General Sao Sokha smilingly opted for Group B, alongside Laos and Myanmar, after the two names had been drawn by lots.

Vietnam, Thailand and China’s Wuhan Hongxing FC form Group A. With the exception of the Chinese provincial champion side, the other five countries are fielding their national under-21 teams.

“It’s a big boost for football development in the Mekong belt, and its timing will also help the preparations for the SEA Games in November,” Sao Sokha said in his address.

The Vietnam-based Bank for Investment and Development of Cambodia will be the title sponsor.

Metfone, a leading telecommunications company in Cambodia, will be the tournament’s main sponsors.

Phnom Penh-based NagaWorld and Hoang Anh Gia Lai of Vietnam are stepping in as co-sponsors of the event, the first edition of which, involving Laos, Cambodia and two teams from Vietnam, was held in 2009.

“We started it in a small way, and now it has grown bigger,’’ BIDC chief executive Nguyen Van Hien told a media conference after the draw.

“Our aim is to help development of football among young people in the Mekong region and, as a bank operating in three countries in the region, we are determined to support this effort.”

The signing ceremony of the memorandum of understanding between the BIDC and FFC was presided over by Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Prime Minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Tan Dung, in Phnom Penh on April 24, paving the way for this event.

Explaining the draw mechanism, FFC spokesman May Tola said the six teams, split into two groups, would play a one-round league, with the top two teams advancing to the semi-finals. There will be no play-off for third place.

Apart from the glittering BIDC Cup, the champion team will get a cash award of $20,000 and a gold medal each for 25 members of the team.

The runners-up will get $15,000, while both the semi-finalists will be rewarded with $10,000 each. The event’s top scorer is assured of $1,000.

Referees and assistant referees from the 2011 FIFA list have been drafted in to officiate during the tournament.

Thanks to NagaWorld, a bonanza awaits the Cambodian team, with the FFC being the main beneficiaries. If  Cambodia wins the tournament or finishes second, NagaWorld will give the FFC a cash reward of $30,000 or $20,000 respectively. The federation will also receive $2,000 for every goal scored by the home team, excluding penalty shoot-outs.

“NagaWorld will also host all the referees and key officials for the duration of the tournament,’’ sports marketing manager Hans Yeo told the Post yesterday.

MOST VIEWED

  • Negotiations on EBA being held

    In an effort to defuse tensions, a senior government official said Cambodia is negotiating with the European Union (EU) on the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade deal, which allows the Kingdom to export goods to the 28-member bloc tariff-free. The EU notified Cambodia on October 5

  • Ministers to tackle sea pollutants

    Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities and members of local communities have collected 77 tonnes of water hyacinth at a Sihanoukville beach, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall spokesperson Or Saroeun said. He told The Post yesterday that the aquatic weeds had been floating along some of the province’s

  • Chinese police escort deported scam suspects

    Ninety-one Chinese nationals accused of extorting money from victims in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scam were deported from Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday under the escort of 182 Chinese police personnel. General Department of Immigration head of investigations Ouk Hay Seila told reporters

  • EU officials: Ending EBA an 18-month procedure

    EU officials have confirmed that it will take a total of 18 months to complete the procedure if Cambodia’s preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) trade agreement is to be withdrawn. According to EU Agriculture and Rural Development spokesman Daniel Rosario, the formal process has not