Sunday, June 21, 2009

El Nasa is the man

PKR's captain & match-winner Sam El Nasa
CPL leaders Preah Khan Reach pose before their last gasp 1-nil win over Build Bright
Today's football can be summed up in one word, dire. The two games were the worst I've seen this season so far and so there isn't much to say about them. Cambodian Premier League leaders Preah Khan Reach won with a last minute penalty, coolly taken by their skipper Sam El Nasa, to triumph 1-nil over 3rd placed Build Bright. Considering they are top and putting some distance between them and the chasing pack, Preah Khan haven't really played well in any of their last half dozen matches, but they keep winning and that's an important yardstick. Nasa was on the bench today and came on to provide more impetus to the PKR push for the decider, especially after his colleague Khoun Laboravy had seen his earlier penalty saved by BBU's Chea Zena. The substitution worked a treat and the national team regular saved the day, not for the first time this season. In the opening game of another hothouse afternoon, Spark beat Post Tel 2-o but the match was largely forgettable. The Spark goals came from centre half Olajide Olawaseun with a header, and a penalty from the CPL's leading scorer Justine Prince, who had been surprisingly left on the bench for the first half. The mid-season transfer window is approaching when teams can take on fresh talent to bolster their CPL chances. However, there's some disquiet on the grapevine with some clubs not paying wages and others not fulfilling players' contracts. Sounds like there's trouble brewing if its not resolved very soon.
The toss up by the referee between BBU skipper Sothearath (white) and PKR's Ouk Mic
The CPL's leading marksman Justine Prince of Spark FC, now with 8 goals this season
Spark centre-half Olajide Olawaseun scored for the 2nd week running
The turgid fare offered up in both games today won't help in filling the empty Olympic Stadium, pictured before the start of the Spark v Post Tel game



Anonymous Anonymous said...

The beautiful pennut-seller was not in stadium today ^^ ? I hope a new photo next week LOL.

El Nasa is a very good player.

Thank U for your work,


June 21, 2009 at 11:39 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

she was there yesterday but she spotted me trying to take her photo and so kept her distance...LOL. I'll introduce myself properly next week :-)
Yes Sam El Nasa has been one of Cambodia's best players for a few years now and so I was surprised that PKR put him on the bench again yesterday. However he showed his worth to the team and his coolness under pressure, with his last minute penalty.
PKR still haven't shown the style of play you'd expect from the league leaders in my opinion. They are top and keep winning but without the flair you'd expect from the early season pacesetters.
I hear that Prak Sovannara, who's been helping them with their coaching this season, is currently in Kuala Lumpur on a FIFA coaching course that is being taught by the new Cambodia coach Scott O'Donell.
And the word on the terraces yesterday is that at least 1 CPL club hasn't paid their players any money for weeks whilst at least 2 other clubs aren't fulfilling the contracts of their African players and unless its sorted this week, the Africans may take action. Watch this space.

June 22, 2009 at 8:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The referee is crazy; they killed BBU

June 22, 2009 at 5:45 PM  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home

Newer›  ‹Older