No scoreboard at first SEA Games football match

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 25) — Malaysia and Myanmar ended in a draw, 1-1, in the first football match of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games Monday night at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, which went on without a scoreboard.

In lieu of a scoreboard, players and spectators had to wait for cues from officials.

A scoreboard went up in time for the second match at 8 p.m., where the Philippine national men’s football team will take on Cambodia.

Organizers hope to have the scoreboard up in time for the second match at 8 p.m., where the Philippine national men’s football team will take on Cambodia. Whether that can materialize remains to be seen.

A CNN Philippines team was allowed access to the dugout, but was prevented from taking photos and videos. They arrived in a dusty dugout and hallway and the floor is not fully carpeted.

Workers have yet to put doors and dividers in the locker room, electrical works were ongoing as of Monday afternoon and several air-conditioning units have not been installed.

The venue committee told CNN Philippines, however, that two of the four lockers were fully functioning.

The mixed zone which is available for post-game interviews is ready as well. The facade has been fully repainted and the scaffolding has been removed before the 4 p.m. match, but there is still a lot of cleaning that needs to be done around the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

The post-match conference of Myanmar and Malaysia, however, did not push through due to venue concerns.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Bea Fabregas contributed to this report.