SEA Games 29: Stadiums ready for big days

Binh Duong on top, Hanoi ACB eliminated from AFC Cup By Vu Duc - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - V-League defending champions Becamex Binh Duong secured top spot in Group H after winning 2-0 over Singaporean representatives Home United at Go Dau Stadium in their fifth round of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup on Tuesday, while National Cup winners Hanoi ACB were eliminated from the Cup as they lost 0-7 to Kedah of Malaysia in Group G. Binh Duong faced some difficulties when they replaced chief Portuguese coach Vital by his assistant Nguyen Minh Dung last week. Nguyen Minh Dung had a good start, a 3-1 victory against Thanh Hoa in the 11th round in the V-League. Coach Nguyen Minh Dung said before the game that his team were not afraid of Home United, however, Binh Duong started the game without Quang Thanh, Hoang Vuong and Helio after receiving red card and two yellow cards in the last game. Meanwhile, the Singaporean side were confident of victory against their rivals with five members of the Singapore national team in their line-up. Moreover, Home United earned a 2-1 victory over Binh Duong in the first leg in their home ground. Backed by the enthusiastic support from about 20,000 spectators, Vietnamese players began in high spirit and were very confident from the beginning. Both sides failed capture many scoring chances and the first half ended goalless. Huynh Kesley Alves opened the score for the home side in the 63rd minute…... [read more]

SHB Danang tie 1-1 with Geylang United at AFC Cup By Vu Duc - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - Defending V-League champions SHB Danang completed their Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup's group stage campaign with a 1-1 draw with Singapore's Geylang United at Jalan Besar Stadium, in Singapore on Tuesday. SHB Danang faced some disadvantages when they left the National Cup 2010. Le Huynh Duc's players were defeated by Hoang Anh Gia Lai, led by former Thai national striker Kiatisuk Senamuang, 4-2 in a penalty shootout in their semifinal match over the weekend. The match ended in a 1-1 draw in the official time and was decided by a penalty shoot-out. Geylang coach Mike Wong was looking to secure a first win in this season's continental competition at their home ground. However, the Singaporean side began the game without the services of first-choice goalkeeper Yazid Yasin, who dislocated his shoulder, while defensive midfielder Adrian Dhanaraj remained on the sidelines with a rib injury. Though the Vietnamese side started the game without captain Le Quang Cuong, veteran goalkeeper Vo Van Hanh, who replaced Nguyen Duc Cuong and Nguyen Rogerio as well as suspended Phan Nguyen Sa, SHB Danang, was confident as it played away with their young players. The two sides started the game slowly. Geylang dominated ball possession in the first half while the Vietnamese side relied on rare counter attacks. Their forwarders missed many scoring chances in the first half. Itimi Dickson nearly opened for his team in…... [read more]

By Vu Duc - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – V-League champions Song Lam Nghe An were stunned by Malaysian FA Cup winners Terengganu 1-0 in the central city of Vinh on Tuesday. Song Lam, who reached the last 16 last year, began without some key players for the AFC Cup Group F clash but coach Nguyen Huu Thang believed his team would be up for the task. The home side began with one striker, Hector H. Kerin, with midfielder Nguyen Trong Hoang sitting behind Kerin, while Pham Van Quyen made his debut. Meanwhile, the Malaysian side, making their AFC Cup debut, featured five internationals. Terengganu manager Che Mat Bin Jusoh said before the game he was confident his side would win despite their inexperience at this level. The Malaysian players looked very confident from the start and almost took the lead in the first minute only for Song Lam keeper Tran Nguyen Manh to make a superb save from Ashari’s effort. In the seventh minute Song Lam almost got on the scoresheet when Hector headed just over and the Trinidad and Tobago midfielder also shot wide minutes later. Terengganu’s defensive strategy seemed to be working as they frustrated the home side and they hit Song Lam with a sucker punch when striker Abdul Manaf Mamat grabbed the opener against the run of play in the 52nd minute. Song Lam coach Nguyen Huu Thang brought on young striker Nguyen Ngoc Anh for Quyen in the 72nd minute, but they just…... [read more]

By Vu Duc - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – V-League champions Song Lam Nghe An tied goalless with Tampines Rovers of Singapore in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) championship in their second game in Group F at Bishan Stadium in Singapore on Tuesday. The reigning S-League champions have made a slow start to the season and lost 3-1 to Hong Kong champions Kitchee in their AFC Cup Group F opener in Hong Kong two weeks ago. However, Tampines Rovers coach Steven Tan was looking to secure the first victory against the Vietnamese side at their home ground. Song Lam head coach Nguyen Huu Thang said before the game that the club had not previously played a Singaporean club in the AFC Cup but he has plenty of respect for the S-League side. The V-League champions recently showed poor performance as they now sit at seventh place on 14 points from 10 games at the domestic tournament. Song Lam also suffered an opening defeat two weeks ago when they went down 1-0 at home to Malaysian side Terengganu. The home side were confident of victory against their rivals with three key players in their line-up including Ahmad Latiff, Aleksandar Duric and Fahrudin while Song Lam began the game without Nguyen Huy Hoan, Nguyen Trong Hoang and Hoan Van Binh. The two sides started the game slowly. The Singaporean players began in high spirit and were confident from the beginning. However, both sides failed to create many scoring chances and the…... [read more]

Vietnam face Thailand in AFF Cup group stage By Vu Duc - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – Vietnam will face three-time winners Thailand at the group stage of the Southeast Asian Football Federation/AFF Suzuki Cup 2012. The draw for the tournament, co-hosted by Thailand and Malaysia from November 24 to December 22, was made in Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday. Six teams automatically qualify for the main stage of the event, including previous semi-finalists Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam. According to the new rules, defending champions Malaysia and title favorites Thailand are in different groups. Vietnam, regional No 1 seeds, and Indonesia, the second seeds, are also kept apart with Singapore and the Philippines also divided. Vietnam are in Group A with co-hosts Thailand, Philippines and the qualifying round winners. Meanwhile, co-hosts Malaysia will compete with Singapore, Indonesia and runners-up from the qualifying round in Group B. As scheduled, the qualifying round will see Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Brunei and East Timor compete in a round-robin in Yangon, Myanmar from October 5-13, with the top two teams taking their places in Group A and B. AFF fixtures Day Team Group A November 24 Vietnam vs winners of qualifying round Thailand vs Philippines November 27 Vietnam vs Philippines Thailand vs winners of qualifying roundNovember 30 Philippines vs winners of qualifying round Vietnam vs Thailand Group B November 25 Indonesia vs runners-up in qualifying round Malaysia vs Singapore November 28 Indonesia vs Singapore Malaysia vs runners-up in qualifying roundDecember 1 Singapore vs runners-up…... [read more]

Vietnam ready for Myanmar AFF Cup opener Vu Duc By Vu Duc - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – Vietnam will face Myanmar on Saturday at Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok in their Southeast Asian Football Federation/AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 opener. Under local coach Phan Thanh Hung, Vietnam are ready for the biggest regional tournament and on Saturday face Korean coach Park Sung-hwa’s side with a winning start a must for Hung. Vietnam, who are ranked 138th by FIFA, will enter the group stage at the AFF Cup as the highest-ranked Southeast Asian side after they overtook Thailand in the latest standings released on November 7. Myanmar move up 28 spots to 156th, their highest position since February 2011, after they picked up three wins and a draw to top the Qualifying Round on home soil. Coach Hung finalized his squad this week with midfielder Chau Le Phuoc Vinh of SHB Danang ruled out through injury. Striker Nguyen Viet Thang of Thanh Hoa is also out, while goalkeeper Nguyen Thanh Binh of SHB Danang is doubtful. Vietnam are in decent form having earned 2-0 and 1-0 victories over Malaysia and two 0-0 draws with Indonesia. Hung’s players were not so hot in the VFF Cup 2012, finishing third behind South Korea’s U23s and Turkmenistan. Hung’s 23-man squad includes striker Le Cong Vinh, widely considered to be one of the best players in Southeast Asia. Key defenders include Nguyen Minh Duc, Truong Dinh Luat, Nguyen Van Bien together with midfielders Huynh Quoc Anh,…... [read more]

HA NOI (VNS) — The Westports Malaysia Dragons scored their 10th win of the season, to solidify their third place standings, after holding off Viet Nam's Saigon Heat, 86-76, at the MABA Stadium in Malaysia on Saturday. The Heat started slowly, as usual, quickly being out-scored 22-11 in the first half. The second half proved better, when they narrowed the score to 41-34. The Heat continued to show off their power in the second half, with duo Viet Arnol and Stephan Nguyen scoring 32 points, though it was not enough to stop the Dragons. The Heat dropped their ninth game of the season and will fly home to face the defending champions, Hi-Tech Bangkok City, on Friday. The Dragons, on the other hand, face the hopeful Pilipinas MX3 Kings on Wednesday in the Philippines. — VNS... [read more]

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Saigon Heat pocketed their fifth win of the season by beating the Pilipinas MX3 Kings 103-88 at the Malolos Convention Centre in the Philippines on January 6. Cap: Saigon Heat improved their ranking with a fifth win at the Asean basketball league. — Photo saigonheat.com It was their third victory in a row. Earlier, they twice defeated Thai champions Mono Vampire. William Creekmore and Lenny Daniel emerged as the Heat's top performers, as the two imports had remarkable double-double performances. Daniel led his team with 33 points and 11 rebounds, while Creekmore had 26 rebounds to go along with his 24 points. In the third straight game for the Heat, Creekmore aggressively attacked the basket. His 20-20 outing against the Kings was his third straight double-double. Creekmore returned to play for the Heat after their newcomer Paul Williams had an accident and could not fly to Manila. Commenting on his team's performance, Heat Head Coach Anthony Garbelotto said on aseanbasketballleague.com, "We had a frontline of Will, Lenny and Moses (Morgan). That's tough. And David Arnold rebounds and Stefan (Nguyen) rebounds. We're going to be up there with rebounding because we're a large team." The Heat have now improved to 5-5 and they currently have a three-game winning streak. They will face Westports Malaysia Dragons on January 9 at the MABA Stadium in Malaysia. VNS... [read more]

Cap: Saigon Heat improved their ranking with a fifth win at the Asean basketball league. — Photo saigonheat.com HA NOI (VNS) — Saigon Heat pocketed their fifth win of the season by beating the Pilipinas MX3 Kings 103-88 at the Malolos Convention Centre in the Philippines on January 6. It was their third victory in a row. Earlier, they twice defeated Thai champions Mono Vampire. William Creekmore and Lenny Daniel emerged as the Heat's top performers, as the two imports had remarkable double-double performances. Daniel led his team with 33 points and 11 rebounds, while Creekmore had 26 rebounds to go along with his 24 points. In the third straight game for the Heat, Creekmore aggressively attacked the basket. His 20-20 outing against the Kings was his third straight double-double. Creekmore returned to play for the Heat after their newcomer Paul Williams had an accident and could not fly to Manila. Commenting on his team's performance, Heat Head Coach Anthony Garbelotto said on aseanbasketballleague.com, "We had a frontline of Will, Lenny and Moses (Morgan). That's tough. And David Arnold rebounds and Stefan (Nguyen) rebounds. We're going to be up there with rebounding because we're a large team." The Heat have now improved to 5-5 and they currently have a three-game winning streak. They will face Westports Malaysia Dragons on January 9 at the MABA Stadium in Malaysia. — VNS... [read more]




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