Thursday, February 2, 2012

A window on today's game

Chan Dara donned the captain's armband for Crown this afternoon
More pictures from this afternoon's Hun Sen Cup encounter between Phnom Penh Crown and Kratie. It didn't look promising when the boys from the Mekong River town only appeared with 13 players and two of them were goalkeepers. They were already 9-nil down when their skipper was sent off for a second bookable offence, which was a bit harsh I must say. The pitch was as much a nightmare as it was last season and is simply not conducive to playing attractive football. The players simply don't know what the ball is going to do next. On a good surface, the scoreline could've looked even more embarrassing, so in that respect, it worked in Kratie's favour. Crown tried to play their passing game, which went as well as possible on such a crap playing surface, but the uneven bounce and bobble made it hard work. The lack of changing rooms, leaving the players to get changed in the stand and the playing surface simply shows up what an unsuitable venue the Army Stadium is for any competition, let alone Cambodia's FA Cup. The decision by the football federation to squeeze all the matches into twelve days beggars belief.
Half-time team talk by the coach
The 'bench' moments before the start of the game, including 7 team officials
Kratie, with holes already showing in their team line-up
Chan Dara leads out the Crown team in red and black
David Booth talks tactics with his 3-player strikeforce
David Booth doing the rounds before kick-off
Khim Borey in sprinting mode
David Booth speaks to Sok Sovan, whilst the others enjoy a joke
These are the Army Stadium changing rooms - a sorry state of affairs
Bayon TV's view of the press conference earlier this week
Khim Borey on Bayon TV earlier this week

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