Saturday, October 29, 2011
Here are some photos from last night's 1-0 defeat friendly international to Nepal. Judging by the lethargic performance, it was one game too many following the BIDC Cup tournament and I hear that the coach was bemoaning a few injuries his team have picked up. let's hope they clear up over the next few days before the team take on the hosts Indonesia on 7 November. Apologies for the picture quality, my camera doesn't like night-time.
Cambodia's SEA Games football fixtures:
7 Nov Indonesia v Cambodia at 7pm
9 Nov Singapore v Cambodia at 7pm
11 Nov Thailand v Cambodia at 5pm
13 Nov Malaysia v Cambodia at 4pm
All matches will be played at the 88,000 capacity Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Four minutes after the break, Yaty fumbled a low driven free-kick by skipper Sagar Thapa but was spared his blushes as Jumanu Rai blazed the loose ball over the top. Ten minutes in and substitute Shahukhala nipped in front of Sok Rithy to whip his shot against the upright, before the home team managed their first shot of the match, on the hour, with Chhun Sothearath firing over the bar from 25 yards out. Shahukhala wriggled free but fired wide when well placed and Phuong Soksana got a touch to a Khuon Laboravy pass but failed to beat Nepal keeper Kiran Limbu at the near post. A spell of Cambodian pressure around the 77 minute mark was the home team's best moments of the game. Sos Souhana blasted miles over from the edge of the box, Sok Sovan headed a corner towards goal at the far post but the danger was hacked clear and then Sothearath tried a cheeky chip from 20 yards that Limbu touched over as he frantically backpedaled. That was as good as it got for the hosts. As the game headed towards a goalless conclusion, Shahukhala had other ideas and was in the perfect place to head the game's winner with five minutes to go, to give Nepal their first win in their 4-game tour. It was more than most of the Cambodian fans could take as they headed for the exits. A poor showing, with everyone, except Sou Yaty and defenders Sok Sovan and Sok Rithy who emerged with their reputations intact, playing under-par, it was hard to see how coach Lee Tae-Hoon could put a positive spin on this result. Without the goalscoring threat of someone like the unselected Khim Borey or Keo Sokngorn, who remained on the bench throughout the game, Cambodia rely too much on their skipper Laboravy and this was one of his quietest and least-inspiring matches. The writing is on the wall for Lee Tae-Hoon with matches against far better opposition than Nepal waiting in the wings.
Cambodia's line-up: Yaty, Raksmey, Dalin, Sovan, Rithy, Phearith (Souhana 57), Sothearath, Chhoeurn, Laboravy, Soksana (PM Udom 80), Pheng (Saray 32). Subs not used: Vichet, Sorphea, Rady, Daravorn, Pancharong, CM Seang, Dina, Veasna, Sokngorn. Bookings: Phearith, Sothearath.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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Goalkeepers: Um Vichet, Sou Yaty (both Army), Sar Sophea (Preah Khan Reach).
Defenders; Pheak Rady (Army), Sok Rithy, Lay Raksmey (both PKR), Chhin Meng Seang, Touch Pancharong, Samuth Dalin (all Nat Police).
Midfielders: Chin Chhoeurn, Phuong Soksana (both Army), Prak Mony Udom, Soun Veasna, Tum Saray (all PKR), Chhun Sothearath (BBU), Sos Souhana (Prek Pra).
Forwards: Sok Pheng (Phnom Penh Crown), Khuon Laboravy (PKR), Keo Sokngorn (Samuth Sakhon), Mat Hasan (Prek Pra).
There is, in all probability, changes afoot to the above squad which was most likely submitted a while ago to ensure it met SEA Games eligibility rules - the final squad will show some adjustments. I have it on good authority that Sok Sovan will be included as will Pov Phearith in midfield. Likely casualties will be Chhin Meng Seang and Mat Hasan. Which makes more sense, but we shall wait and see.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Cambodia's SEA Games fixtures:
9 Nov Indonesia v Cambodia : 11 Nov Singapore v Cambodia : 13 Nov Thailand v Cambodia : 15 Nov Malaysia v Cambodia. All matches at the 88,000 capacity Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
"I was generally pleased with our preparation for the final stages though the rains hampered it a bit. Over time the players improved and showed they were hungry enough for the task ahead. Our preparation in Taiwan was okay until someone decided to be stupid and play mind games the day before the Final. For the opening game against Neftchi, our players were well prepared and it showed in their performance. It was the right result, we played very well in getting behind them on so many occasions as we'd planned; we did our job well and deserved to win. The success bred enthusiasm amongst the players as it was their first win against foreign opponents on foreign soil. For the second game against Yadanarbon, I was quietly surprised and pleased with our performance, we fully deserved our success and it was a very good team effort.
"For the Final, I wasn't happy at all with the preparation, the mind games we experienced were disgraceful and petty, but we just got on with our work. In the game itself, it was the first time we made mistakes and this has to be a future lesson towards gaining consistency. Maybe it was the pressure, as it was new experience for our players, but it shows that if you make mistakes at crucial times, you lose matches. The referee was afraid to make a correct decision at a crucial time and ducked a decision at a point when we had our opponents under severe pressure. As for what happened afterwards, our players should know better and it was a lack of discipline at the wrong time, after all of our good work in the competition beforehand. On the positive side, I was pleased for the players, many of whom were playing at this level of competition for the first time, and I hope it can happen again."
The Crown squad are now taking a well-earned rest until stamina training begins again in mid-November and a full pre-season training programme gets underway at the beginning of December. The Hun Sen Cup is expected to begin in the first week of the New Year with the group stage and that will be the next target for head coach David Booth and his players. In the meantime, it looks like Crown's Sok Sovan and Sok Pheng will have to forget any thoughts of a rest as they were both included in the recent BIDC Cup matches in Phnom Penh and are expected to go with the Cambodian national team to the SEA Games in Indonesia in November.
In confirming that he's signed a new extended contract, David said: "I had several options including national teams but it suits me to stay. There was a lot for me to consider but I am happy to stay because of the ambitions and targets that this club has. Now I will have the time and can work with my players on a one-to-one basis and help them better understand the principles of the game. My aim will be to mould a better organized team with more consistency of play, plus the ongoing development of individuals. All of which is vital for the club to progress and move forward from last season's success. As for new faces, I am looking at the availability of players at the moment...though some Cambodian clubs seem to have there own rules and agenda on the movement of players from one club to another."
David arrived at Crown at the end of June after a series of successful club and national team attachments in Africa and Asia over the past twenty years. He then guided Crown to a run of eight consecutive victories and a draw that won the C-League title for the second successive season and almost captured the AFC President's Cup in a controversial Final in Taiwan. With another twelve months to look forward to, Crown's supporters will be hoping for more of the same under their talismanic head coach.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
All the goals came in the first 33 minutes of the match. There was a collective groan from the big crowd as Thailand's youngsters took a 4th minute lead. Thitiphan Puangjan jumped in front of keeper Sou Yaty to reach an inswinging corner to give the visitors an early lead. From another set piece, Cambodia levelled it on 8 minutes. Chin Chhoeurn swung a corner kick to beyond the far post where Sok Sovan was waiting, unmarked, and he bent down to head the ball between the upright and the scrambling goalkeeper. It was a simple effort for the youngster's first goal in senior football, which he celebrated by sinking to his knees and accepting the congratulations of his teammates. Honours even until a stroke of bad luck gifted Thailand their second, and match-winning goal. Chayawat Srinawong ghosted behind the backline and his low cross was deflected by Sok Rithy's outstretched foot, which wrong-footed Yaty and he couldn't keep the ball from rolling over the goal-line. Another large collective groan enveloped the stadium. It was a soft goal to concede especially as Thailand didn't show too much going forward, as they got bogged down in the cloying mud. Laboravy whipped in a free-kick that Thai keeper Watchara Buathong held at the 2nd attempt, but that was about it as far as goalmouth activity in the first half.
Thailand upped their efforts after the break with Yaty going low to collect a Srinawong low drive and Touch Pancharong blocking a goal-bound effort from Perapat Notchaiya. Laboravy demonstrated his frustration with a pointless booking for handball before Cambodia were handed a lifeline by referee Nagor Amir Noor from Malaysia, when he whipped out a second yellow card for a petty offence by Thai's Narakorn Kana and reduced the visitors to ten men for the final twenty minutes. It was the boost Cambodia needed, alongwith the introduction of Keo Sokngorn, but they failed to take advantage. The Cambodia coach refused to amend his gameplan and his team struggled to make any impact until a few minutes from the end. Sovan had a second far post header stopped just shy of the goal-line and with a minute on the clock, Sokngorn sent a fizzing shot inches wide, and with it Cambodia's chances of a positive result. Replacing the ineffectual Phuong Soksana with Sok Pheng in time added on just about summed up Lee Tae-Hoon's tactics, which were badly off the mark in this game.
Cambodian line-up: Yaty, Raksmey, Pancharong, Sovan, Rithy, Phearith, Sothearath, Saray (Sokngorn 66), Chhoeurn (PM Udom 77), Soksana (Pheng 91), Laboravy. Subs not used: Vichet, Rady, Daravorn, Dalin, Souhana, Veasna. Bookings: Pancharong, Sothearath, Laboravy.
Myanmar beat Vietnam in the other semi, 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw, so go into Sunday's final against Thailand, whilst Cambodia will lick their wounds and head to the SEA Games, where they will find life considerably tougher.