|Guam pictured before yesterday's kick-off. Cambodia didn't bother. Pic by Jill Espiritu|
For Cambodia, many of the fans had come to see Chhunly Pagenburg, the 27-year old FSV Frankfurt striker who plies his trade in Bundesliga 2 this season. He had made the considerable effort to fly over for this game, the second time in as many months, and came even though he was nursing a slight knock, only to be told by Lee Tae-Hoon that the coach would start with his U-23 line-up. That by the way, didn't even include a recognised striker. How would you feel? Chhunly got on the pitch just before the hour, and even though he was pushed out wide on the left, he showed more than enough with some deft footwork, that he will be a big asset to the national team in next year's international matches. He will obviously need some bedding in with the rest of the squad, but if he's fit and raring to give it a go, he must be selected.
|Chhunly Pagenburg makes his national team debut, as a 2nd half substitute - pic by Jill Espiritu|