Thursday, April 23, 2009

On the training ground

A training session line-up: [back row LtoR] Ravy, Seiha, Raksmey, El Nasa, Laboravy, Chanthan, Sokumpheak, Mic, Pichseyla, Vathanak, Sovannara. [front row LtoR] Rady, Tiny, Narith, Sovannarith, Chanbunrith, Borey, Sokngorn, Thavrak
This is a look behind the scenes with the Cambodia national football team during one of their afternoon training sessions earlier this week, as they make their final preparations for their Friday morning departure to Bangladesh and three important AFC Challenge Cup qualifying matches beginning Sunday. Coach Prak Sovannara was a genial host as always and after completing our interview about the nation's chances of qualifying for next year's finals, he spent the next couple of hours with his 18-man squad, practising game situations and explaining his requirements to his players. One point from the interview that he emphasized was how well the players respond and adapt to different situations and match conditions, which will be put to the test next week.
No 7 Sam El Nasa, 40 Sun Sovannarith and Khim Borey don the green bibs
Coach Prak Sovannara (centre) explains what he wants from his squad
Sovannara (orange bib) directs his players during a practice session
More instruction from Sovannara to his squad, with his coaching staff on their feet too
Sovannara making it clear to his players what he wants them to achieve
A last look at the national team's training session before I depart

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can u tell what coach sovannara speak to his player?oh,can u post the cambodia training video ? Come on Cambodia the fan is waiting for ur good result.i think cambodia can beat bangladesh,mayanmar,and macau.come on come on

April 23, 2009 at 10:16 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Wow you don't ask for much do you.... :-)
he spoke to them in Khmer, so I wasn't able to understand it and I took no video of the practice sessions. However, the team have been together a while now, working on their fitness and their team play and tactics, so at least they have the benefit of that behind them before they go to Bangladesh early tomorrow morning. I agree with you, I think that if they play to their full potential, Cambodia can beat all three opponents.
Come on Cambodia....

April 23, 2009 at 11:23 PM  

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