Thursday, November 11, 2010

At the training ground

The PPC coaching line-up: LtoR: Bojan Hodak (head coach), Hao Socheat (kitman), Prak Vanny (goalkeeping coach), Vann Piseth (assistant coach).
I spent a couple of hours at the Phnom Penh Crown training headquarters in Tuol Kork yesterday afternoon to speak to the new head coach, Bojan Hodak and some of the new arrivals to the club. All the players were in high spirits and finding it tough going, which always happens with pre-season training and after a lay-off. Some of the players like Kouch Sokumpheak haven't really stopped since the end of the season as they were involved in international duty, but he admitted to feeling the pace set by the new coach and his staff. Hodak felt the players weren't as fit as he'd like so that's one area he'll be working on initially. A few of the players who turned out for Crown last term and who haven't featured on the training pitch yet include talented youngster Keo Sokngorn, who has yet to decide on where his future lies, whilst Srey Veasna, Oscar Mpoko and Prince Justine have all sought pastures new in Thailand. Arriving in their place are the likes of Sokumpheak, Khim Borey and San Narith with goalkeeper Hong Visokra also joining the squad from Khemara alongwith two new Nigerian nationals from Singapore club Gombak United, Kingsley Njoku and Odion Obadin. You can expect more new faces to arrive as pre-season unfolds.
Kouch Sokumpheak, one of the most talented players in Cambodian football
Khim Borey has long been the darling of the nation's football fans for his goalscoring exploits
A regular name in the national team line-up, San Narith arrives from PKR
Bojan keeps a watchful eye on his troops
Vann Piseth, assistant coach, ensuring the players follow the fitness rules
Chan Chhaya will be hoping for improved fortunes this year under the new regime
Sok Pheng feeling the strain at the training sessions
The club's 3 Nigerian-born players in shot, as the squad prepares for Saturday's friendly
There's no slacking allowed under the gaze of the PPC coaches
Khim Borey (white short) puts his best foot forward in the training session

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