Friday, March 8, 2013


Cambodia singing the national anthem
Time to catch up with some more photos from Wednesday's international friendly which Cambodia won 3-1 against their regular opponents, Malaysia U-23s. In many ways it was a surprising and very welcome success. Malaysia on paper, are better than what they demonstrated on Wednesday. They will be seeking to secure a hat-trick of SEA Games wins at the end of the year. If they play like they did on Wednesday, they have no hope of achieving that. Conversely, Cambodia can take heart from their win, as they build up to the AFC Challenge Cup later this month. They didn't go gung-ho into the game, preferring to get all 11 players behind the ball for corners and free-kicks, which is a mite negative, and was the same tactic they employed against the university team from Korea. It's not my preferred tactic but it worked against Malaysia, who couldn't break them down or get past Sou Yaty in goal. Likely first choice Sun Sovannrithy and Chan Vathanaka also sat out the game, injured. It was disappointing that Kouch Sokumpheak got just a few minutes at the end of the game, but very pleased with Khim Borey's performance, after he got an early run-out following Choun Chum's injury. He scored with virtually his first touch and made the third for Khuon Laboravy.
The Cambodia team face their national flag

Lining up LtoR: Tieng Tiny, Say Piseth, Prak M Udom, Choun Chum

Lto R: Touch Pancharong, Suon Veasna, Lay Raksmey, Teab Vathanak

Lto R: Teab Vathanak, Sos Suhana, Sou Yaty, San Narith (capt)

The Cambodia bench with coaching staff and substitutes

The Malaysian U-23 starting XI

Some of the Cambodia subs including Kouch Sokumpheak and Samrith Seiha

More Cambodia subs including Khim Borey

Head coach Prak Sovannara facing the press after the final whistle

The PPCFC Academy youngsters in red attending the match

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