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Cup tickets go on sale, cashless purchase added

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The 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup will take place between November 8 to December 15 across 10 Southeast Asian nations.​ Courtesy FFC

The Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC) announced yesterday the addition of a cashless payment option for upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup home matches.

Announcing the partnership between the Federation and Cambodian payment platform Pi Pay, FFC spokesman Sokha Raneath, said making ticket sales available to purchase on the Pi Pay mobile app would make life easier for fans.

“Until now we have sold tickets directly from the ticket booth at the National Olympic Stadium and a few other outlets but by partnering with Pi Pay we can reach more fans via their smartphones and allow them to buy tickets ahead of time,” said Raneath.

Tickets available for purchase are for November 8th’s Cambodia versus Malaysia opener and Cambodia versus Laos on November 20. Cambodia find themselves in Group A alongside Myanmar, Malaysia, Laos and Vietnam. The competition will take place between November 8 to December 15 across 10 Southeast Asian nations.

Fans will be able to buy tickets on the Pi Pay app from today and redeem the online purchase for their physical tickets at Pi Pay Tower directly opposite the stadium up until game time on November 8. Fans must have a physical ticket to enter the stadium for the match.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the FFC on ticket sales for these great matches as we are big supporters of the Cambodia National Team and their exciting brand of football,” said Pi Pay CEO Tomas Pokorny.

“By making tickets available via Pi Pay we want to reach a new generation of fans and make it easier for them to come along to cheer on their national team,” he added.

Speaking after a recent friendly match, Cambodia national football team head coach Felix Agustin Gonzalez Dalmas said his squad needed time to adjust to the new tactics introduced by his coaching team. Meanwhile, Cambodia’s General Manager Keisuke Honda, who is continuing his playing career with Melbourne Victory, is conducting coaching duties via video link.

Meanwhile, former Cambodia international Hok Sochetra, speaking to the Asean Football Federation, said he was excited about the upcoming tournament.

“It will be a great experience for us all and I really hope the new generation appreciate this chance,” said Sochetra.

Sochetra, who appeared in three editions of the tournament during his playing days, praised the passion of the modern-day Cambodian fan.

“There are thousands of supporters who will fill the stadium for an event like this. Wherever the players go, people recognise them,” he said. “I hope this year, when we host AFF Suzuki Cup matches, there will be at least 20,000-30,000 people in our stadium because everyone is waiting for it.”

Tickets purchased through the Pi Pay app will be available at a 50% discount to their face value with Category 1 VIP tickets available for KHR6,000 instead of KHR12,000 and Category 2 General Admission tickets available for KHR3,000 instead of KHR6,000. Physical tickets have been on sale since Monday.

Each Pi Pay account will be able to purchase a maximum of 5 tickets per category for each match.

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