Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Wed 21 Mar v Preah Khan 2pm
Sun 25 Mar v Western Univ 4pm
Wed 28 Mar v Naga Corp 3pm
Sun 1 Apr v Boeung Ket 4pm
Wed 4 Apr v National Police 2pm
Sun 8 Apr v Chhlam Samuth 4pm
Sat 21 Apr v BBU 4pm
Sun 29 Apr v Kirivong 2pm
Sat 19 May v National Defense 2pm
Sat 2 Jun v National Police 2pm
Sun 10 Jun v Western Univ 4pm
Wed 13 Jun v Boeung Ket 3pm
Sat 23 Jun v Chhlam Samuth 4pm
Sat 30 Jun v BBU 2pm
Sat 7 Jul v Kirivong 2pm
Sun 15 Jul v National Defense 2pm
Sun 22 Jul v Naga Corp 4pm
Sat 28 Jul v Preah Khan 2pm
Play-off Semi-Finals 4 & 5 Aug, Final 12 Aug.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Update: Peter Butler has left Kelantan by mutual consent, and with a cheque in his back pocket, and Bojan has been asked to take charge of the team pending a formal announcement. Kelantan are top of the Malaysian Super League and have AFC Cup involvement pretty soon.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Crown line-up: Oudom (Ary), Dara (Rady), Vanthan (Sovan), Lika (Tiny), Srin (Obadin), Sophanal (Sovanna), Rathanak (Sothy), Chaya (Asonibe), Makara (Suhana), S Pheng (Borey), H Pheng (Sokumpheak).
Friday, February 24, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
They opened up with a 6-0 win over Chhlam Samuth on 15 December with 2 goals from Sos Suhana, 2 from Hok Sochivorn and a goal apiece by Khim Borey and Chhun Sovanna. The starting line-up consisted mainly of the club's trialists at that time. The PPCFC line-up was: Chamroeun (Oudom), Da (Dara), Rahan (Sovan), Srin (Lika), Seyha (Tiny), Sothy, Sovanna (Rathanak), Suhana (Sochivorn), Makara (Sokumpheak), Borey (Kimhor), S Pheng (Sophanal (H Pheng)).
The next practice match was a 4-1 success over Asia Euro University, again played at RSN Stadium, on 28 December. Sos Suhana netted another two goals and Sok Pheng and Hong Pheng also scored. The PPCFC line-up was: Ary (Oudom), Da (Sovan), Dara (Rahan (Vanthan)), Tiny (Seyha), Lika (Srin), Sovanna (Kimhor), Sothy (Sophanal), Suhana (Sochivorn), S Pheng (H Pheng), Borey (Rathanak), Sokumpheak (Makara).
The third friendly encounter was against the National Defense Ministry on 11 January. Crown ran out 4-1 winners with goals from Khim Borey, against his former club, Sok Pheng, Chim Rathanak and Ouk Sothy. The line-up was: Oudom (Ary (Chamroeun)), Da (Dara), Rahan (Vanthan), Seyha (Srin), Lika (Tiny), Sothy (Sophanal), Sovanna (Kimhor), Suhana (Rathanak), Borey (Sochivorn), S Pheng (H Pheng), Sokumpheak (Makara).
The Crown team that played in yesterday's 2-1 win over Western University at Tuol Kork was: Oudom (Ary), Dara (Rady), Seyha (Sophanal (Tiny)), Sovan (Chaya), Obadin (Lika), Sovanna (Dara), Sothy, Asonibe, Suhana (Makara), Borey (Samoeun), Sokumpheak (S Pheng). Sos Suhana again scored two goals.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Western provided a good test, though Crown's passing game kept them on the backfoot for long periods. Sos Suhana struck the crossbar with a rasping shot after just a few minutes and Western did the same moments later as the game began brightly. Asonibe had a great chance to open the scoring but blasted too high when set up by a neat Kouch Sokumpheak backheel, before Crown took the lead on 25 minutes. Khim Borey whipped in a stinging drive which the Western keeper parried out only for Sos Suhana to head the bouncing ball over his head and into the net. Crown went close again with Sokumpheak firing wide and heading a corner over the top. Western were back in the game on 33 minutes when a 25 yard free-kick looked to be safely gathered in by Crown keeper Am Oudom, playing against his former club, only for the stopper to somehow juggle the ball over the goal-line for the equaliser. With a couple of minutes left before half-time, Chhun Sovanna's pass found Odion Obadin in space but his shot was blocked by the keeper, only for Koem Sophanal to roll the ball into the path of Sos Suhana and he whacked the ball into the top corner for his second and Crown's second of the game.
Crown coach Booth rang the changes at the interval and throughout the second half. Pheak Rady took over at right-back, with Ros Samoeun, who netted half a dozen goals for Chhlam Samuth in the Hun Sen Cup recently, using his pace on the right flank. Sok Pheng had a shot on the turn saved low down but the chances were far fewer than in the first period and it needed a good diving save from Yok Ary to ensure Crown came out on top in this friendly encounter. A familiar face made a late appearance when Chan Chaya, who has been keeping fit with Crown over the last few weeks after his release from his contract in December, came on at left-back.
PPCFC line-up: Oudom (Ary 46), Dara (Rady 46), Seyha (Sophanal 24 (Tiny 46)), Sovan (Chaya 76), Obadin (Lika 84), Sovanna (Dara 65), Sothy, Asonibe, Suhana (Makara 72), Borey (Samoeun 46), Sokumpheak (S Pheng 46).
Another practice match for Crown looks set to take place on Saturday at 2pm at the home of newboys Boeung Ket in Kompong Cham province. And a further game has been pencilled in for Wednesday (29 Feb) at Tuol Kork with opponents still to be confirmed.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
When asked why the FFC have declared the start of the C-League season just two weeks in advance - it's set to run from 3 March to 5 August - the general secretary pointed the finger at recent changes in schedules for international tournaments involving the Cambodian national team and clubs bound for regional competitions had forced such a late decison. "But every team should know that we always start sometime in March." Absolute crap. The FFC were making noises that the league would start in April or even May and then have this week decided to bring the start date forward, leaving the 10 teams scrambling around to finish their pre-season preparation and in some cases, sign players. The FFC knew the international schedule far in advance as well as when clubs like Crown and Preah Khan Reach would play overseas. He also came out with the priceless "inevitable" to describe the complete balls-up that sees the Cambodian U-21 team playing in a worthless tournament in Brunei, with a squad of 18 of the best young talent from six clubs, at exactly the same time as the league season commences at home. It's another inglorious example of the ineptitude of the federation that they don't know their arse from their elbow, let alone how to run a professional football competition. We saw that with the Hun Sen Cup fiasco and teams playing every two days, and now history is repeating itself with the forthcoming Metfone C-League.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Talking of the pointless Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy tournament for U-21 players from eleven countries (plus 5 overage players allowed in each squad) in Brunei, the Cambodian squad of 18 players has been announced. Their first game is against Vietnam on 24 Feb; then 26 Feb versus Malaysia; 2 Mar v Timor Leste; 4 Mar v Thailand. The squad includes 7 players from Preah Khan Reach (Sophea, Sothearoth, Daravorn, Rithy, PM Udom, Vathanaka, Saray), 6 from Army (Yaty, Khemarin, U Dara, Chhoeurn, Phearith, Soksana), 2 from Police (Piseth, Srey Udom) and 1 apiece from Boeung Ket (Pancharong), BBU (Sothearath) and Naga (Vathanak). No PPCFC players were involved in the build-up for the tournament and therefore not considered.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Interesting to see three former Phnom Penh Crown players who've joined Naga after their release a couple of months ago but were suspended for the whole Hun Sen Cup competition and more, because of their behaviour at the AFC President's Cup last season, though they still went up to collect their runners-up medals. They were Thul Sothearith, Sun Sopanha and Sun Sovannrithy. I didn't see San Narith, who has also hooked up with Naga, but I'm sure he was there somewhere. The television coverage was pretty murky underneath the less than illuminating floodlights.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
A little bird has told me that some good news is imminent regarding the absence of one of Phnom Penh Crown's best players, sidelined through a ban that simply should've never been implemented. Too late to help Crown in their bid for the Hun Sen Cup but at least sense has prevailed at last, if the little bird is to be believed. I won't believe it until I see it typed up and signed by every member of the FFC executive committee.
The Hun Sen Cup semi-finals were held at Olympic today. I didn't go, as I had to work. Having the semi-finals of the country's top cup competition in the middle of the afternoon on a Friday stinks. In fact this whole competition stinks. The FFC have completely lost the plot in condensing it into a matter of days. For the record, the two obvious teams won through to Sunday's final, namely Preah Khan and Naga Corp. PKR beat National Police 4-0 with that man Laboravy getting two more goals to add to his growing tally. In the other semi, Naga, with Chhim Sambo netting twice, overcame Chhlam Smuth 4-0 as well. Just to make you laugh out loud, the 3rd place play-off is tomorrow, so the Police and Chhlam Samuth have to play again, 24 hours after their hard-fought semis. The FFC really are taking the piss.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Kouch Sokumpheak was wayward with a couple of half chances as the interval approached and Hong Pheng was equally wasteful on the stroke of half-time. Crown did their best to get back into the tie after the break but found the bumpy pitch, and their opponents, hard to dominate. Hong Pheng leaned back and fired wildly over, whilst Sok Pheng blasted the ball into the side netting after Sokumpheak fed him in the box. PKR keeper Sar Sophea flapped at an Ouk Sothy free-kick, but recovered to tip Hong Pheng's rebound header an inch past the far post. Sokumpheak and Sok Pheng had further attempts, the latter's 30-yard grubber was held by Sophea diving to his right, but with eight minutes remaining, Sok Pheng lost his cool, was booked for dissent, and ordered off for his second caution of the game. That mountain just got considerably tougher for Crown. Chamrouen again showed his quick reactions with a stunning double save from Chea Samnang as PKR used their numerical advantage well, but also saw red with a minute of the tie to go. Prak Mony Udom sprang through Crown's backline and the goalkeeper touched his foot, sending the striker sprawling. Referee Neang Sorithya brandished the red card despite Chamrouen's protestations, leaving Udom to fire the penalty past substitute keeper Am Oudom a minute into time added on. It was the final nail in a weighty coffin for Crown to bear.
David Booth's succinct, "Three mistakes, three goals. It's as simple as that," summed up his team's first-half ineptitude and signalled the groundwork that the English coach will have to focus on before the start of the league season in a couple of months. His team is young and inexperienced, even compared to PKR's youthful line-up, and today it was clear for all to see. The loss of Khim Borey to the football federation's appalling shenanigans was a real blow to Crown's confidence before the game, but individual errors in key areas of the pitch are going to be punished by a team of PKR's calibre. Those are some of the lessons that must be learned by Booth's youngsters.
PPCFC line-up: Chamrouen, Makara, Seyha, Tiny, Sovan, Sovanna, Sothy, Suhana, Sok Pheng, Hong Pheng (Oudom 91), Sokumpheak. Subs not used: Ary, Dara, Da, Vanthan, Lika, Kimhor, Srin, Sophanal, Sochivorn. Bookings: Sovan, S Pheng (+ red card 82), Chamrouen (straight red card 89).
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The draw for the pointless Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy in Brunei for U-21 teams + overage players has been made. The tournament dates have been extended to get all the games in and Cambodia will kick off the tournament against Vietnam on 24 Feb in Group B. There's nothing like getting a good thumping in your 1st game, though Vietnam might give Cambodia a chance by fielding their youth team. Cambodia then face the following matches: 26 Feb versus Malaysia; 2 Mar v Timor Leste; 4 Mar v Thailand. The final will take place on 9 Mar. Don't expect Cambodia to get anywhere near it.
Would you Adam & Eve it (believe it)...this hip-hop rap was commissioned by the club without my knowledge, so it's our official Theme Song. The artist is one of the hundreds of DJs plying their trade in Cambodia, but I'm told he's one of the best. His name is DJ Kdeb. He's worked with my fave Meas Soksophea, so he can't be that bad. In fact we should've asked Sophea to do our song, that would've worked well for me. I must admit I'm not a fan of hip-hop rap. The whole genre has literally passed me by.
Monday, February 6, 2012
For Crown, the talismanic Kouch Sokumpheak, given the captain's armband by coach David Booth for today's game, led by example and scored the only goal of the match to win the tie. And it was a goal worthy of winning any match as the striker began the move from deep and finished it with a blistering drive from a tight angle that gave the Boeung Ket keeper no chance. More of that later. Needing a victory to qualify themselves, Boeung Ket began like a train and their former Crown starlet, Keo Sokngorn twice came closest to scoring. On six minutes he flashed a header inches too high and then struck the cross-bar with a long distance speculative free-kick four minutes later, that Sam Chamrouen in the Crown goal, mysteriously left. Fifteen minutes in and Crown's first real effort saw Sok Pheng's twenty yard shot deflected wide. Soon after, Sokumpheak fed Pheng and his shot on the turn was parried out by opposition goalkeeper Sin Pisal, with no-one following up. Ouk Sothy was next to try his luck for Crown but Lor Pichseyla blocked the attempt. The last action of the first-half saw Sok Pheng again test Pisal with a stinging drive but to no avail as the keeper blocked it low down.
After the interval, Crown maintained their grip on possession and Sokumpheak was off target with a glancing header from a Hong Pheng cross twelve minutes in. The Crown captain then began and ended a quick-passing move with Sos Suhana by unleashing a powerful drive across the face of Sin Pisal and into the Boeung Ket net on 68 minutes. It was his 11th goal of the competition and an unstoppable effort that livened up the tense game considerably. Boeung Ket's best chance of an equaliser fell again to Sokngorn on 73 minutes. Yob Romaton set him up with a chested ball down but the Boeung Ket skipper's flashing drive sailed over the crossbar from the edge of the area and their fate was effectively sealed. After his 12 goals two days before, Sokngorn's shooting boots were definitely not in good working order. The game petered out into a scrappy finale with too many free-kicks, injuries, bookings and then a straight red card in injury time when Touch Pancharong left his foot in on Crown's Chhun Sovanna as he made a clearance. It's a characteristic of Pancharong's game that he regularly lets himself, and his team down. He had a dust up with Phoung Narong last season and now with Sovanna, all three of them were colleagues at Crown in the past.
Winning coach David Booth mused on the tie: "I thought we worked hard throughout the team today. They started well, passed the ball well for 15 minutes but then we got into the game and controlled it for the rest of the match. Our defending was good, the midfield did well, in fact the whole team did well today. I started with Makara at full-back in Dara's absence. He's usually a striker but I've seen him in training, how hard he works and runs and I knew he could play there, and he did. We must remember that we had only 2 players playing - Sokumpheak and Tiny - who were regulars last season. We have a lot of boys who are not experienced at this level. So we've not done too bad with this team so far." When asked about the situation with Khim Borey, still suspended by the federation and kicking his heels in the stands this afternoon, Booth said: "I don't have any faith in the federation resolving this issue. It's been going on for far too long already. I don't know what the Army are trying to prove by stopping him from playing football. It's a real shame what the Army are doing to the boy."PPCFC line-up: Chamrouen, Makara (Sophanal 82), Seyha, Tiny, Sovan, Sovanna, Sothy, Suhana, Sok Pheng, Hong Pheng (Sochivorn 78), Sokumpheak. Subs not used: Ary, Oudom, Da, Vanthan, Lika, Kimhor, Srin. Bookings: Seyha, Makara, Sothy. Referee: Khuon Virak.