Friday, September 16, 2011

Crown's 21

The Phnom Penh Crown squad of 21 players that will be catching the flight bound for Kaohsiung in Taiwan at lunchtime tomorrow looks like this (with squad number). Crown can take two foreign nationals to the AFC President's Cup finals, so the unlucky pair to miss out are the midfield duo of Takahito Ota (Japan) and Kenneth Nwafor (Nigeria).
GK: 1 Peng Bunchhay, 22 Hong Visokra
DF: 2 Chan Dara, 14 Sun Sovannrithy, 3 Thul Sothearith, 4 Tieng Tiny, 12 Odion Obadin (Nigeria), 5 Soeng Vanthan, 6 Sok Sovan, 15 Koem Sophanal
MF: 23 Sun Sopanha, 8 San Narith, 9 Chan Chaya, 11 Suong Virak, 13 Hong Ratana, 26 Tes Sophat
FW: 10 Kouch Sokumpheak, 7 Khim Borey, 20 Kingsley Njoku (Nigeria), 19 Sok Pheng, 25 Hong Pheng.

Crown coach David Booth (right) has been looking ahead to the Taiwan trip. "We’ll change a little, tactically, from the league games for the President’s Cup. It’s important we raise our game as the standard of football will be higher. I know we are capable of improving our game. We need to be well organized for the whole game. We must not concede goals early in the game, that’s so important that we don’t find ourselves chasing the game. From a positive point of view, we always create chances and we need to take advantage of those chances when they come along, and to whoever they come to. As far as the opposition are concerned, I’ve got an idea of the Myanmar mentality, their style of play and I know one or two of the players myself. I will look at videos of Nefchi too. It’s important that we set ourselves up well, maintain good discipline, good formation sense, all work hard for each other and maintain our team ethic.

"It’s important to get off to a good start and boost our confidence with a good result in the first game. It’s psychologically very important to win your first game, as we then know what we have to do. It’s also important that our players go into these two games without any fear or trepidation. Everyone tells me that Cambodian teams don’t travel too well outside of their country, but I say that we have a great chance to set an example to everyone else with these games in Taiwan." On the subject of the new addition to his squad, David Booth had this to say. "Khim Borey will add to our team. He brings good quality, doesn't give the ball away, he';s quick, strong, gets in good positions, brings a lot of experience and know-how and gives me the option to play him in midfield or attack. I'm pleased to have him in my team."

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