Sunday, October 17, 2010
I'm just back after 10 days in Vietnam and I hear that the Cambodian national team were held to a pretty boring goal-less draw against C-league side Preah Khan Reach on Friday at the Olympic Stadium, in one of a couple of warm-up games scheduled by the FFC and the South Korean coach Lee Tae-Hoon - who wasn't very impressed by the performance against PKR - before the 18-man squad head for Laos and the AFF Suzuki Cup qualifying matches that begin on the 22nd of this month. Cambodia face Laos in the opening game, then meet Timor Leste on the 24th and the Philippines on the 26th, all the games being played in Vientiane, with the top two teams going forward to the Suzuki Cup proper in December. Sadly I wasn't at the game myself to be able to give my own views on how the national team is shaping up under the new coach ahead of this year's most important football competition for the country's footballers. However, there may be a last chance to see the team in action, when they face the newly-promoted Police Commmissariat side at the Olympic Stadium at 3.30pm Monday afternoon. The squad then leave for Laos on Wednesday.