Lao defender Bounthavy Sipasong (front) tries to keep possession against his Philippine opponents during their Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2018 clash on Wednesday.          --Photo LFF 

Laos stumbles at Gold Cup group stage hurdle

The national football team has failed to progress from the group stage of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2018 in Bangladesh after being defeated by the Philippines 3-1 on Wednesday.
This second Group B defeat follows Laos’ 1-0 loss to host Bangladesh on Monday in the Gold Cup.
Bangladesh clashes with the Philippines today in the last match of Group B. First and second placed teams from each group at Gold Cup 2018 qualify for the semi-finals scheduled for October 9-10 with the final taking place on October 12. The Gold Cup’s Group A comprises Nepal, Palestine and Tajikistan.   
The Lao team will return to Vientiane today and begin preparations for their international friendly match against Mongolia at the National Stadium on October 16 at 6:30pm.
National head coach, Mr Mike Wong Mun Heng will now look to regroup his squad in the lead up to the friendly with an eye ahead to the all-important Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup.
Laos will first host Vietnam at the National Stadium in Vientiane on November 8 in the group stage of the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup. The national team then plays Malaysia away on November 12, welcomes Myanmar in Vientiane on November 16, and takes on Cambodia away on November 20.      
The AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 involves Asean countries competing from November 8 to December 15. The Cup’s Group A comprises Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos while Group B consists of Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore.

By Sangkhomsay Bubphanouvong
(Latest Update October 05, 2018)

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