Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Same old story
Rock bottom, but we all saw it coming. To be frank it's hardly worth reporting that Cambodia were beaten yet again on Monday night, in a competition they should never have entered, and in which they failed in all four matches. This time they went down to an U-19 team from Malaysia, 3-1, with another couple of late goals sealing Cambodia's fate. An all-too common occurrence in this invitational Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy tournament in Brunei. Skipper Chhun Sothearath scored for the Cambodia U-21 team (with 4 overage players in the squad) but it was no consolation with the squad now returning in time for the start of the Metfone C-League this coming Saturday, a competition that had to be postponed to allow the players to return to their clubs. Coach Lee Tae-Hoon has resided over defeats by Brunei and Timor Leste in this four-match competition, further evidence that Cambodian football has failed to progress under his stewardship and these results against countries so far below them in the FIFA world rankings, surely cannot escape the attention of his paymasters at the football federation. He's already managed to survive a series of disastrous results in all previous competitions over the past sixteen months when other national coaches would've been shown the door in double-quick time, so we'll wait to see what the FFC have to say about this shambolic tournament performance. I won't hold my breath.