Monday, May 7, 2012

Today is key

We want to see more of this later today - Khim Borey celebrating a goal
It's Phnom Penh Crown's biggest game of the season today. If they beat Nepal Police Club at 4.30pm at the Olympic Stadium, they will qualify for the finals again, to be held in September. If they don't win, then they make it more difficult for themselves, as they will need to get something from a very strong Dordoi team on Wednesday. So today is the key. Though Nepal lost against Dordoi on Saturday, they too know that a victory will keep their own hopes of qualifying, alive. So both teams will be going for it, which should make for an exciting game for the spectators, both at the ground and live on TV5. Crown will be confident and positive after beating Yeedzin 8-0 but they know that Nepal will be a different kettle of fish and are more experienced in international football than the Bhutanese team. That experience counts for a lot in these one-off games and Crown will look to the likes of Kouch Sokumpheak, Khim Borey and Tieng Tiny to bring their best game to the table. Nepal look set to be without their influential skipper Jumanu Rai, who has a knee problem but Crown will also miss their own inspirational playmaker, Emmanuel Frimpong, who tore his calf in the second minute of Saturday's win over Yeedzin. It's all building up to a fantastic encounter. 
The pictures were provided by Masayori Ishikawa. See more of his photos here.
The Crown players celebrate with coach David Booth on Saturday

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