Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A sigh of relief

Can someone tell the coach Lee Tae-Hoon that Cambodia won the game? He's pictured looking pretty glum at the post-match press conference.
Coach Lee Tae-Hoon can breathe again after watching his charges, the Cambodian national football team, win 3-1 against an inferior Macau this afternoon, but to be honest they didn't impress and if Macau hadn't virtually rolled over and let Cambodia get way out in front before finally finding some bottle in the last fifteen minutes, it could've been a mite embarrassing. As for the coach, his after-match press conference was as confusing as his team selection. "I will make 4 or 5 changes for the next game against Macau. I was testing the players today and will make changes. I didn't play the Thai players from the start as they were only here for 2 days. Borey didn't play as he hasn't been available. But I was pleased with the Nasa and Sokumpheak combination up front, they played well together." As for Khim Borey, who recently moved from Phnom Penh Crown to Thai Premier team Sisaket Muangthai, he sat in the stands looking bewildered as to why he hadn't even been handed a place on the substitute's bench. He played in the friendly games against local opposition in the run-up to his transfer which meant he had to spend a few days in Thailand, but told the coach he was coming back, only to find himself out in the cold. The coach also raised eyebrows when he began the game with Prak Mony Udom on the right flank in preference to either Borey or Keo Sokngorn, and frankly the selection didn't work. I think he'll go for experience in the 2nd leg next Wednesday and that will mean drafting in players of the calibre of Borey, Sokngorn and Chan Rithy in the tie. More on the match itself very soon.

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