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Friday, May 25, 2012
Passed the final test
In Sodavid, 2 goals against Prek Kdam and my tip for the Cambodia U-14s captain
The U-14s youngsters from the Cambodian national team had their final warm-up friendly on Thursday morning at the RSN Stadium and came out on top against a much bigger Prek Kdam U-16s team who were supplemented by older players as well. The game turned in the second of the three halves of 35 minutes each when In Sodavid with a couple of goals, Orn Chanpolin and Yeu Muslim - each from the Phnom Penh Crown Academy - gave the U-14s a 4-1 lead and despite a fightback from Prek Kdam as the national team rang the changes in the third half, the U-14s will be chuffed they won the game 4-3. Certainly another morale booster ahead of their departure for Malaysia and the AFC Festival this weekend. One player who won't be making the trip is the Crown Academy captain Phoeun Sopheak, who was ruled out of the squad after suffering a nagging knee injury which has required lots of rest. He hasn't played for a couple of months and even though he made the trip to the Asia Pacific Academy in New Zealand with coach Bouy Dary in March, he was only able to do light training instead of a full week of development work whilst overseas.