Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Seiha in from the cold

Samrith Seiha in action. Pic nicksellsphotography.com
Samrith Seiha has come in from the cold so to speak. After turning his back on football a couple of years ago, the best goalkeeper in the country at that time, has decided it's time to smell the greasepaint again and has joined Phnom Penh Crown for the remainder of the season. Before his decision to quit, Seiha had been Cambodia's number 1 stopper for the previous couple of years, holding off challenges from Sou Yaty and Ouk Mic to the national team jersey at Under-23 and Senior team level. His agility, bravery and shot-stopping had been hallmarks of a very talented individual who'd won the Hun Sen Cup with his club team, the Ministry of National Defense, in 2010 and the BIDC Cup with Cambodia, where he picked up the goalkeeper of the tournament award, in 2009. However, his relationship with his domestic employers hadn't always been a happy one and he missed the first part of the 2009 season, as did Khim Borey, now his teammate at Crown, when the Army suspended them both. Seiha had joined the Army as a 14-year old in 2004 and appeared for his country at all age-group levels before he made his debut for the Senior team in a 6-0 defeat in Malaysia in June 2007, aged just seventeen. That same year the young stopper was in the Cambodian youth squad that reached the semi-finals of the Asean youth championships in Brunei and included the teenage strike-force of Borey and Kouch Sokumpheak, now colleagues at Crown. The first goal for Seiha is to get himself fit after his long lay-off and force his way into the Crown starting line-up. More on Crown's new arrival later. * I checked with the player himself and he confirmed his family name is spelt Samrith.
Samrith Seiha before the BIDC Cup in 2009

Samrith Seiha gets advice from Crown coach David Booth last weekend


Anonymous said...

The biggest problem of PPCFC in the previous matches in the Metfone league or Singapore Cup was with GK. Now it is solved. Good Job.
I believe GK Seiha can do a better job than GK Ari.

Andy Brouwer said...

As you will know, Peng Bunchhay left PPCFC after last season. He was replaced with 3 new young keepers this season, all of whom did not have his experience and know-how. They are young and they are still learning. Yok Ary for example has improved a lot since he arrived at the club and I'm sure he will continue to do so. Seiha will not walk straight into the team, he has to prove he is fit and in form. That does not happen overnight. We want players to fight for their position in the team, healthy competition is the hallmark of any strong squad.