Sunday, July 25, 2010

Worst kept secret

Ieng Saknida, who's stepped up from the U13 and U14 teams to the national team coaching staff under the new South Korean coach
The word on the terraces is that the new coach of the Cambodian national team will be South Korean coach Sejin Yeo who has previously coached the South Korean Women's international side. In more recent times he's been an AFC match commissioner. We should hear more about his past once the appointment has been confirmed by the football federation. His Cambodian backroom team will be two former national team players, now AFC B and C-licence qualified coaches respectively, Oum Savong and Ieng Saknida, and goalkeeper coach Prak Sovanny. Savong played for the national team in the 1990s alongside Naga's coach Prak Sovannara, whilst Saknida has cut his coaching teeth in charge of the Cambodia national U13 and U14 teams after his playing career in midfield took him to Samart United, Hello United, Naga, Preah Khan and Khemara and a regular start in the national team. Prak Sovanny has been the goalkeeping coach under both the last two national coaches, Prak Sovannara and Scott O'Donell and does the same job with Phnom Penh Crown.
Postscript: The name of the new coach of the Cambodian national team is Lee Tae-Hoon, a 39-year-old former assistant coach of the South Korean women's team.

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