Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Arranged in order to give some of the Phnom Penh Crown squad players some valuable match practice, a PPCFC eleven took on the African All-Stars XI at Tuol Kork yesterday afternoon. Three previous friendlies against the African team, made up of players looking to get contracts with clubs in the Cambodian League, had ended in 1 win, 1 draw and 1 defeat, effectively honours even. Yesterday, Crown chalked up a second win over the visitors with a 3-0 success, with goals by Koem Sophanal and Hong Ratana (pictured) on 20 and 35 minutes respectively, before Hong Pheng rounded it off with 4 minutes remaining on the clock. All of the PPCC players train daily but there's nothing better than matches and some of the squad, who've been sitting on the bench in recent months, needed the game-time. It was also a good opportunity for Crown coach David Booth to run the rule over the squad players who don't normally feature in the starting line-up on a regular basis. The Crown team was: Visokra, Dara, Sovannrithy, Sovan, Sochivorn, Vanthan, Sophat, Sophanal, Rathanak, Ratana, H Pheng. Two young trialists from Battambang were also given ten minutes at the end.