Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sokngorn's success

Keo Sokngorn, 2 goals in the final and the best player of the season award
One young man will certainly remember yesterday's championship-deciding play-off final at Olympic Stadium, even though he's already enjoyed considerable success as a teenager. Keo Sokngorn is the wonder-kid of Cambodian football. He has a great talent and can display his skills for Phnom Penh Crown and the Cambodia national team in midfield or up front with equal prowess. Yesterday he scored two of Crown's goals in their 4-3 success over Preah Khan Reach, including a tap-in two minutes from full-time that turned out to be the winner. His first was a cool-as-you-like penalty with a two-step run up to level the game after Preah Khan had taken an early lead. Sokngorn not only collected his winners medal but the best player of the season award, and 2 million riels, to cement his stature as the best of the homegrown talent on display in the Metfone C-League. Add the fact that he's a likeable 18-year-old with his head screwed on and you just about have the perfect package. Fresh from this season's successes, he's sure to play a key part in the national team's important Suzuki Cup matches in Laos in October under new South Korean coach Seijin Yeo.
Keo Sokngorn receiving his 2 million riel award as the season's best player
Keo Sokngorn holds a shirt saying Samnang = Lucky as he steps up to the podium
FFC President Sao Sokha adorns Keo Sokngorn (10) with his championship medal
Keo Sokngorn and the championship trophy, with his strike partner, Prince Justine looking on
The television cameras catch up with the teenager at the end of the presentations

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