Sunday, April 26, 2009

Cambodia beaten

I don't have many details aside from the bare match facts but the final score in Cambodia's opening AFC Challenge Cup qualifying game against the host nation Bangladesh this evening, was a frustrating 1-nil reverse, with Enamul Haque scoring on 73 minutes for the home country. It was their first win in three years. I'm gutted as you might expect, we needed a draw at least, especially as expected, Myanmar beat Macau 4-0 in the opening game with two goals in each half, and that gives the two winning teams a great start with three points apiece. The starting line-up for Cambodia for tonight's game was, on paper, a very offensive-looking unit: Seiha, Chanbunrith, Raksmey, Tiny, Chanthan, Borey (66 Sokngorn), Vathanak (30 Laboravy), Sokumpheak, Narith (77 Ravy), Sovannarith, El Nasa. subs (not used); Mic, Thavrak, Rady, Pichseyla. Attendance: 8,060.
A sight we didn't want to see, as Bangladesh celebrate their 1 goal success against Cambodia [The Daily Star, Bangladesh]

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Blogger Nimol said...


Cambodia 0 - 1 Bangladesh

Cambodia meet same history like previous game.

I hope next 2 games, it will be better for cambodia national football team. Myanmar beat Macau 4 -0


April 26, 2009 at 9:56 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Nimol, thanks for the info. A goal 17 minutes from the end is a cruel blow for Cambodia to suffer against the home team. I'll be interested to hear how the game went and whether Sovannara's line-up, which was pretty offensive, deserved to go down. Now they have no other choice but to go all out for two wins in their next two games against Macau and Myanmar.

April 26, 2009 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Here's a match report from - a Bangladesh newspaper:

Bangladesh down Cambodia
Sun, Apr 26th, 2009 10:58 pm BdST
Bangladesh 1-0 Cambodia

Bangladesh tasted its long-awaited victory when Enamul Haq struck a second-half goal to inspire the hosts to a lone goal win over Cambodia on the opening day of the AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers on Sunday. It was Bangladesh's first triumph in 26 matches. Before this win, the Red and Greens had won 2-1 against the same rivals in the inaugural AFC Challenge Cup in 2006 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Anxiety loomed over the 5000-strong home fans as well as the reserve bench amid scorching heat before Farashganj SC's striker Enamul eased the pressure with a close-range header.

Before the start of the game, Brazilian coach Edson Silva Dido found no place in the starting eleven for striker Jahid Hasan Emily or Mohammad Robin, both recovered from injury, preferring the lone striker Enamul up front with a defensive formation of 5-4-1.

But Enamul had any impact until speedy winger Jahid Hossain, who also cured from his heel injury, took to the pitch after 54 minutes in place of debutant Emon Mahmud.

Soon Brothers Union winger Jahid started to make his presence felt with his a trademark powerful shot that narrowly went wide to the near post though the winger looked uncomfortable with his heel injury.

Moments later, Jahid darted into the box and fired a shot from close-range but Cambodian goalkeeper Sarmeth Seiha foiled his effort at the cost of a corner.

Capitalising on a throw pass from the right side, Jahid tried to enter the box after being brought down and Iranian referee Saeid Mozaffari did not hesitate to award a free kick.

Mamunul Islam lobbed the free kick for Atiqur Rahman Mishu, the liveliest player on the pitch, who headed the ball in the box and Jahid set up Enamul, who nodded low to find the back of the Cambodian net in the 72nd minute.

Enamul should have doubled the margin in the 84th minute when he was presented a free shot by Mishu, but the striker unbelievably squandered the opportunity sending the ball wide with only goalkeeper to beat.

However, two minutes before, the visitors almost snatched a draw when Kouch Sokumpheak headed a corner kick taken by Sam El Nasa, but stopper Wali Faisal headed to clear off the line.

In the first half, Bangladesh bossed the entire first half with crisp passing and better movement launching attacks on both wings. Wali and Mishu kept busy Cambodian defenders to clear their crosses one after another, but unlucky the hosts failed to capitalise those opportunities.

They produced six clear chances to take a deserved lead in the first half that might have pained strike duo Emily and Robin, who might counting their return to the pitch against Myanmar on April 28.

Cambodia mustered their first shot on target three minutes from break. Goalkeeper Aminul Haq, however, managed to clear a close-range shot from substitute Khuon Laboravy for a corner.

Debutant Emon should have opened the scoring in the 32nd minute when Mishu whipped a cross from the left and unmarked Emon dragged the shot wide when a gentle touch to control the ball was needed.

April 27, 2009 at 12:47 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Here's another report from last night's match, from The Daily Star newspaper in Bangladesh. Looks like the home side deserved their win if the local press are to be believed. Without seeing the game on tv myself, its hard to say, but again Seiha sounds as though he was on his usual tip-top form in goal, and the few chances that came our way, we didn't take them. As we didn't make much impression in the 1st half, presumably the team was sussing out the strength of the host nation and looking to take the game to them after half-time. Anyway, here's the match report;

Hosts ride on Enamul
Bangladesh's first win in 3 years
Bangladesh 1-0 Cambodia

A late strike from Enamul Haque gave Bangladesh a much-needed winning start in the AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

From the get go, Dido's boys started to terrorise the opponents territory but squandered chance after chance before Enamul broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute to electrify the sparse crowd in the big bowl under lights.

The Farashganj striker headed Bangladesh home from handshaking distance that came his way from a Mamun free kick to make sure that Bangladesh won their first international match after a three-year and 25-match hiatus.

They had their last victory against Guam (3-0) in April 2006 in the same competition in Dhaka.

Under the guidance of Brazilian coach Edson Silva Dido, the hosts not only served up an attacking brand of football against their South East Asian opponents but also showed rare signs of fitness all through the match under the scorching heat.

On their way to making the final round berth, there was no other choice than winning the first game in the Group A qualifiers and that was the reason the lean and slender Brazilian looked tense with anxiety at the tent while his charges failed to close out the match.

But at the end he was the happiest man although the score-line hardly showed about the dominance of his boys in the one-sided match. "At first I congratulate Cambodia for putting up a splendid fight that made us bounce to bring our best. I am happy with the way the boys played the match," said the excited Dido, who made a winning start as a Bangladesh coach. "At the end of the day winning is everything. Missing chances is part of the game," he responded on his team's squandering too many chances.

Bangladesh could have taken the lead as early as the second minute if match hero Enamul's brilliant back volley didn't fly inches away from the cross piece and then Brothers Union winger Atiqur Rahman Mishu, who was tireless all through the match to produce some good chances for the strikers, Emon and few others tried from long-range to break the stalemate but Cambodian goalkeeper Samreth was brilliant under the bar.

In the first half, Cambodia failed to create a single chance rather Mamun was very close to put Bangladesh ahead but his header was saved by Tieng Tiny from goalline.

After the breather the home side got an early chance to draw blood in the match but Mamunul Islam frustrated the crowd as he executed a fragile shot one-to-one with the opponents goalkeeper.

Cambodia however looked much better in the second half and Sam El Nasa got a good chance to win the match against the tide but his right-footer inside the box flew away inches from the cross piece in open net.

But then again Bangladesh spoiled few good chances as Manik's shot was saved by the opponents goalie and defender Lay Raksmey rescued his side by making a goalline save of Mishu's header.

Bangladesh however survived a late scare but Wali Faisal brought the relief as he made a goalline save by foiling the header of Kouch to keep the 1-0 lead intact while Enamul missed a chance in the dying moment to improve the scoreline.

Dido was courageous enough to include four newcomers in the match and he was happy with the debutantes' performance. "May be the four debutant are weak mentally but there is no doubt about their quality and skill," said Dido when asked to comment on his four first-time players--Emon Mahmud, Mamun Miah, Nasir and Mezbabul Haq Manik.

Cambodia coach Prak Sovannara said that it could have been different story if his side could have capitalised on an early chance. "Unlucky because they also got chances and an early strike could have changed the scenario. I am happy as my boys never gave up the fight in the entire match," said Prak.

Yellow cards: Arman, Mamunul and Manik (Bangladesh), Sovannarith (Cambodia).

BANGLADESH: Aminul, Nasir, Mamun Miah, Rajani, Arman, Faisal, Mamunul (Parvez), Meshu, Manik, Emon (Zahid) and Enamul.

CAMBODIA: Samreth Seiha, Kim Chan Bunrith, Lay Raksmey, Tieng Tiny, Pok Chan Than, Khim Borey (Keo Sokngorn), Teab Vathanak (Khuon Laboravy), Kouch Sokumpheak, San Narith (Ly Ravy), Sovannarith and Sam El Nasa.
Referee: Saeid Mozaffari (Iran).

April 27, 2009 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

I have just been in touch with Cambodia national coach Prak Sovannara by email and will post some of this views on yesterday's game later this afternoon.
Despite the loss, he is still very upbeat about the qualifying competition and Cambodia's chances of getting through, as long as we win our next two matches.
The first test will be on Tuesday against Macau, though the big one will be the final match of the three, against a rampant Myanmar team who dispatched Macau with ease yesterday.
Cambodia know from their recent Suzuki Cup tournament that Myanmar will pose a serious threat, but the coach is adamant that his team can, and will, win.

April 27, 2009 at 3:12 PM  

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