Saturday, May 2, 2009
Cambodia Premier league season kicked-off with two games at the Olympic Stadium. The season's opener turned out to be a surprise 4-2 win for Kirivong Sok Sen Chey against the more fancied Khemara Keila, whilst Build Bright were leading Post Tel, 1-nil, in the second game with 2 minutes to go as I left early to avoid the thunderstorm just around the corner. Khemara looked set to win comfortably against Kirivong after national team striker Kouch Sokumpheak put them into the lead after just four minutes. He then missed a penalty and that came back to haunt his side as Kirivong looked a different outfit after the interval and came back strongly in the latter stages to win, with In Vichheka inflicting most of the damage. The Build Bright game was far less interesting as I collared the national team coach Prak Sovannara for an in-depth chat about Cambodia's showing in the AFC Challenge Cup in Bangladesh earlier this week. As always Sovannara was a great interviewee, giving me his views on the AFC competition, the players in his squad, his hopes for the rest of this year and the heads-up that this season he will be acting as chief coach to CPL team Preah Khan Reach, who begin their campaign tomorrow. More revelations in my article for Monday's Phnom Penh Post. I watched the games with PPP journo's Dan and Robin, who cover most of the CPL matches, and also met Chamroeun for the first time, another football nut who writes for French newspaper Cambodge Soir Hebdo.