Saturday, January 28, 2012

Pegged back

Whoops...the Cambodian U-21s were 3 goals to the good against visiting Ulsan University from South Korea on Friday afternoon and ended up being pegged back to 3-3 by the final whistle. In the first of two friendlies against Ulsan in three days, the next one is on Sunday, the sparse crowd at the Olympic Stadium were witness to a rare sight. Cambodia went ahead 3-nil with goals from Chan Vathanaka and Chhin Chhoeurn in the first ten minutes and Sophal Udom - who appears to have changed his name to Srey Udom, maybe to avoid his constant run-ins with the football authorities - netted on 54 minutes. Ulsan, who made 11 changes at the interval, stormed back and drew level with eight minutes remaining. A tough blow for coach Lee Tae-Hoon and his charges to swallow. Speedster Nov Soseila got another run out as a sub, after spending much of the past two years frustratingly kicking his heels on the sidelines after a combination of the Army and the FFC left him unable to play for anyone. A very sorry tale which needs to be exposed as a lesson in how not to manage the career of one of the country's brightest young prospects. The good news is that he's back on the pitch again.
The Cambodian U-21s starting line-up v Ulsan University. The match ended 3-3.


Anonymous said...

Chhin Chouern and Teab Vatanak were excellent up-front for Cambodia yesterday. Chouern has exceptional pace and will unsettle most defences - it looks a better combination than Serey and Soksana! Maybe coach Lee's stocks are rising!

Andy Brouwer said...

I didn't see the game but should be there for Sunday's match. I'll reserve judgement on the coach's stock...