Friday, December 30, 2011
More domestic friendlies
Lee Tae-Hoon's preferred build-up towards taking his Cambodian U-21 team (plus 5 overage players) to the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy in Brunei between 25 Feb-5 March begins in earnest this afternoon when his squad take on Preah Khan Reach at the Olympic Stadium. It's the usual formula for Lee, games against C-League teams, as he did before the SEA Games, rather than pushing the boat out and getting some really tough opposition over here to test his squad against. Essentially, the cheap and cheerful alternative. Lee has lined-up a series of friendly matches, starting with PKR today and then games against newcomers Boeung Ket (4 Jan) and Naga (6 Jan) at the national football center at Cheng Meng, before meeting BBU at Olympic on 10 Jan. All the while, this is taking the players away from their domestic clubs, who are smack bang in the middle of their pre-season preparation. The timing is pretty abysmal. Boeung Ket for example are due to open up their Hun Sen Cup qualifying games on 7 Jan. The tournament itself, for Asean U-21 teams, is also geared to interrupt the flow of the pre-season Hun Sen Cup competition latter stages as well. Let's hope the federation are not expecting clubs to play without their Brunei-bound players.