Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A new experience

Cambodia U-14 line-up: Back Row LtoR: Samnang, Sopharith, Chanmony, Saphy, Komapitu, Kakada. Front: Mustafa, Davith, Panha, Kimhong, Piseth
It's a new experience for players making their international debut for Cambodia, to not lose. But that's exactly what happened with the Cambodia U-14 national team today. Meeting Bangladesh in their opening game in Group F of the AFC U-14 Championship qualifiers, Cambodia achieved a creditable 0-0 draw and by all accounts should've won the tie. They did everything but score, including showing their passing ability and teamwork to great effect. Now they just need to find their goalscoring form. Their second match is against Indonesia tomorrow morning. The games are being played in a massive stadium in Naypyidaw, the capital of Myanmar. Yesterday's attendance was a mere 30 people. Bouy Dary is the coach in charge of the team, taking time out from his Phnom Penh Crown Academy duties to lead the squad. The U-14 squad is as follows; Svang Samnang (captain), Sin Kakada, Tong Chanmony, Thy Ronaldo, San Davith, Lim Pisoth, Nop David, Ny Mustafa (all PPCFC), Sao Sopheak, Sem Dona, Tep Komapitu, Heng Kimhong, Mao Piseth, Tang Rithyviwath, Em Sopharith, Chhun Devy, Tray Vicheth (all Svay Rieng), Kong Rafat, Sary Slaiman, Yoe Saphy (all Prek Kdam), Sok Panha (Battambang).

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