Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Who's in and who's out?

I stopped by the Olympic Stadium at 7am this morning to get an update on the Cambodia national football team from coach Prak Sovannara, the man in charge of the country's football elite. My time was short and I didn't want to interrupt the squad's early morning training session, so I hope to catch him for a full interview sometime soon. In the meantime, I can exclusively reveal the comings and goings from the national squad of 22 players, who will form the nucleus of a reduced squad, which will travel to Bangladesh for the three AFC Challenge Cup Qualifying Group matches at the end of next month. Sovannara has been pretty ruthless in putting together his first squad for 2009, with nine players out, and nine players in. The new faces include three players each from the Hun Sen Cup finalists, Phnom Penh Crown and Naga Corp, so he's certainly selecting players who are already in good form.
Crown, the league and cup holders, who already have Teing Tiny and Chan Rithy in the national line-up, now have goalkeeper Peng Bunchhay, defender Lor Pech Seiha and offensive midfielder Keo Sokgnan amongst the 22. Naga, with Kim Chanbunrith and Sun Sovannarith already regulars in the team, have also provided new faces in the shape of striker Teab Vatanak, midfielder Pok Chanthan and their captain and defensive kingpin Om Thavarak. Preah Khan Reach, beaten semi-finalists on Saturday, are the best represented club with six players in the 22, now that midfielder Khoun La Boravy has been added. Completing the new additions to the squad are the National Defense right back Pheak Rady and Ly Ravy, a midfielder from Kirivong Sok Sen Chey.
The players who have made way after featuring in the 22-man squad for the preparations for the Suzuki Cup games in December are keeper Hem Samay, defenders Thul Sothearith, Chea Virath and Sun Sampratna, midfielders Sam Minar, Ieng Saknida, Ieng Piseth and strikers Pich Sina and Hok Sochivorn. Squad training for the Bangladesh matches officially begins at the end of this month so the players who were being put through their paces this morning, were there on a volunteer basis. They were still waiting for permission to use the pitch at the Olympic Stadium so were restricted to the grassy areas behind the goals as they concentrated on their fitness and ball skills. Such is the life of the national team.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good update news.Andy thanks for your time spend on Cambodian National Football Team.I am a Cambodian football fan and also your blog fan.
I read your blog everday and find out that all your news related to Cambodia National Team is useful for me.

March 18, 2009 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Thank you for your message. The Cambodia national team deserves more coverage in the press, both Khmer and English-language, but sadly receives very little. In any other country, the newspapers would be full of stories, week in, week out. I spent a few hours with the squad before the Suzuki Cup matches at the end of last year and so I wanted to follow that up with a look at the new squad being assembled by Prak Sovannara. They don't start official squad training til the end of the month, when I'll pay another visit to meet the new players and hopefully introduce you to the whole squad again.

March 18, 2009 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

The full 22-man squad for the Cambodia national team is as follows:

Samreth Seiha national defense
Ouk Mic preah khan reach
Peng Bunchhay phnom penh crown

Kim Chanbunrith naga corp
Lay Raksmey preah khan reach
Teing Tiny phnom penh crown
Sok Rithy preah khan reach
Lor Pech Seiha phnom penh crown
Om Thavarak naga corp
Pheak Rady national defense

Chan Rithy phnom penh crown
Sam Narith ranger fc
Sun Sovannarith naga corp
Sam El Nasa preah khan reach
Ngoun Chansothea preah khan reach
Pok Chanthan naga corp
Ly Ravy kirivong
Khoun La Boravy preah khan reach

Khim Borey national defense
Kouch Sokumpheak ranger fc
Teab Vatanak naga corp
Keo Sokgnan phnom penh crown

March 18, 2009 at 1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Andy.Thanks for your information.The full 22-man squad for the Cambodia national team.
I was surprise when I saw striker Teab Vatanak from naga corp again.He is my super star and also young talent Keo Sokgnan from phnom penh crown.and one great defender Om Thavarak from naga corp.I like this squad so much especially the forward players.

March 18, 2009 at 1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Andy for news on Cambodian National Football Team! Besides, There is the French's goalkeeper, Simon Tracol, who going to integrate the National Football Team!

March 18, 2009 at 2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks Andy for the news of cambodia national team. I'm a Phnom Penh Crown and Cambodia national team big fan. I like this squad so much and I think they will play better with the management of Mr. Prak sovannara. He is the best coach for cambodia. thanks

April 3, 2009 at 3:51 PM  

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