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Dec 3 12 3:14 PM

nico1 wrote:
Cambodia withdrew from the qualification due to financial reasons and concerns being not competitive.
http://www.goal.com/en-india/news/141/asia/2012/10/27/3481474/citing-financial-and-competitive-concerns-cambodia-withdraws


If they aren't going to be competitive in the AFC Challenge Cup, when are they going to be competitive?
They should at least have the guts to turn up and get tonked.

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Dec 11 12 12:24 PM

A: India, Taiwan, Burma, Guam.
Interesting group with some old powerhouses in Asia (six-time asian games champions). India and Burma have the best records in this competition. Small advantage for hosts Burma.

B: Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Macau
2006 champions and 2008 vice-champions. It is also exactly the same group (D) as in 2006. Kyrgyzstan hosts.

C: Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Laos, Mongolia
Some odd teams here. Laos and Mongolia have yet to qualify for finals. Laos hosts.

D: Nepal, Bangladesh, Palestine, NMI
Advantage for hosts Nepal. Three SAFF teams here.

E: Turkmenistan, Philippines, Cambodia, Brunei
Advantage for hosts Philippines. Turkmenistan defeated them this year in semi-finals. Three AFF teams here.

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Dec 11 12 1:38 PM

trekky76 wrote:
A: India, Taiwan, Burma, Guam.
Interesting group with some old powerhouses in Asia (six-time asian games champions). India and Burma have the best records in this competition. Small advantage for hosts Burma.


Indeed... it is very odd to describe such countries as "developing" when they were among the best decades ago.

It would be like having a UEFA Challenge Cup with Hungary and Austria as "deveoloping" nations.

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Dec 13 12 7:56 PM

pieter wrote:
so only Bhutan and E.Timor will not play the challenge cup...?


Not sure why they don't play - doesn't AFC help with costs for this tournament? It's one of the few tournaments where these 2 teams might pick up some wins.

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Dec 15 12 2:38 PM

nfm24 wrote:
Indeed... it is very odd to describe such countries as "developing" when they were among the best decades ago.

It would be like having a UEFA Challenge Cup with Hungary and Austria as "deveoloping" nations.


But you can't argue that Asia now has new standard-bearers (e.g. Japan, China, Australia) who have raised their game since then. If India and Taiwan have not moved quickly enough, then 'developing' is their current status I guess.

Besides... in terms of infrastructure at least... even the likes of San Marino, Andorra, or Faroe Islands couldn't be considered 'developing' by AFC standards, but I get your example.

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Feb 20 13 10:16 AM

The Northern Mariana Islands take on Japan Soccer College (Japanese 4th tier) at home this Friday (22nd) before leaving for Nepal the following morning. En route they stop off in the Philippines and will play Loyola Meralco Sparks from the UFL on the Saturday (23rd) afternoon.


A tiring few days but they they will spend a week acclimatising in Kathmandu ahead of their opener against the hosts.

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Feb 23 13 10:57 AM

Two friendly results -

21/3 - Northern Mariana Islands 2-0 Japan Soccer College (Jehn Joyner & Dino Wook)
22/3 Loyola 0-0 Northern Mariana Islands

Respectable results. They fly on from the Philippines tomorrow morning.

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Mar 4 13 7:29 PM

These results are not good, but they're not so bad - think about the sort of scores that Guam (for example) received when they first entered AFC.

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Mar 4 13 7:49 PM

I agree. Given their relatively new appearance in international football and the size of the population compared to places such as Nepal and Palestine then I think the scores are very respectable.

However, a 9-0 a team that isn't one of Asia's powerhouses can seem like a very poor result to some who don't look beyond the score.

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Mar 4 13 8:12 PM

Bear in mind that Guam's really big defeats have mostly been against teams like Iran, China, North Korea. These teams would probably score around 20 goals against NMI. At least NMI are spared having to play this sort of team at an early stage, so they can be 'moderately demoralised' instead.

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