Saturday, July 25, 2009

Mixed fortunes

Khemara Keila's David Adeyinka saved the day for his side, 12 minutes from time
Defense Ministry goalkeeper Sou Yaty saved a penalty but ended up a loser
As Khemara Keila cemented their 3rd place in the Cambodian Premier League this afternoon, one of their top 4 rivals, Naga Corp, came a cropper against Build Bright and are falling behind amongst the also-rans. However, Khemara didn't have it all their own way against the Ministry of Defense team and it took a sneaky near post flick header by David Adeyinka, 12 minutes from time, to quell the army team. It had been one-way traffic for the second half as Khemara sought the win, though the army had shared the spoils in the opening half. Khemara skipper Kouch Sokumpheak will kick himself for under-hitting his penalty just before the interval, which Sou Yaty kept out with his legs, and he had one of those days when he was simply never going to score. Khemara didn't play anything like their usual free-flowing selves but they won, which was the result they needed to keep in touch at the top.
In the first game of the afternoon, Naga looked lethargic and suffering from a heavy hangover after their midweek defeat against Phnom Penh Crown. Build Bright's youthful enthusiasm gave them the edge and two headers gave them a 2 goal lead, through Prum Puth Sethy and Oum Chandara, before Sunday Patrick Okonkwo reduced the deficit on half-time. Two crucial decisions by the referee then turned the game on its head. He disallowed Om Thavrak's header for handball which no-one else saw, and then sent off Naga's sub keeper Chhorm Veasna for scything down an opponent. A few minutes later Chandara thundered in a 3rd goal for BBU and they withstood heavy pressure and a late goal from Sun Sovannarith, to surprise everyone with a 3-2 success. Naga's players looked dejected as they begin to lose touch with the CPL leaders.
The national U-23 team that will travel to the SEA Games in Laos at the end of the year, should be announced at the end of next week following three weeks of trials. This team will form the bulk of the future full national team so it'll be intriguing to see who coach Scott O'Donell will include. At U-19 level, coach Prak Sovannara and his squad will travel to Vietnam on Monday in good time to prepare for the AFF U-19 championships in Saigon starting 4 August. Cambodia are in group B alongside Australia, Laos and Thailand.
The successful Khemara team, winning 1-nil v Defense Ministry
Toss-up of the week - Defense in red, Khemara in blue
Build Bright's two-goal hero against Naga, Oum Chandara
A youthful looking Build Bright United before today's game
Naga were lethargic and suffering from a lack of fizz against BBU this afternoon
Even the tv cameras have got in on the act, as they keep a look-out for the 'peanut princess' who wore yellow today - she's back by popular demand
I love this. Some of the crowd shelter from the sun's direct light by sitting in the shadow of the floodlight pylon. Only in Cambodia.



Blogger cat said...

évidemment !... elle est jolie !

July 25, 2009 at 10:56 PM  
Anonymous SAMMY-X said...

Andy, yr current page features 102 photographs; 60 are from soccer or soccer-related! Man, admit you've lost your good sense and fair measure, and is being purely driven by your personal passion, to the detriment of your readers at large! - Sammy-X
PS: anyway, cheers for the return of the princess!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 26, 2009 at 5:43 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

you have made a valid point but there are entenuating circumstances in my favour. Let me explain.
Yes I have a personal passion for football, but also for all things Cambodian. My work takes me out & about occasionally, but for the last two months I have been tied to the office as the company's owners have been abroad and I had to 'hold the baby' so to speak. So no trips out into the countryside, etc.
Added to that there have not been many events or exhibitions that I've wanted to attend and when they get cancelled, like Friday's event at Gasolina, that doesn't help either.

As for football, I post a few photos from each match I attend as the press pass I have gives me the opportunity to get closer to the teams and players. Part of my desire is to promote football here in Cambodia and that's why I post photos of the team line-ups and try to picture the players who've made a difference in that particular game, like goalcorers, etc.
However, I understand the point you make and equally try to post articles that are not football related. This is afterall not a football blog, but a blog about what I see, hear and do whilst living in Cambodia. If anyone doesn't like the football posts, then please skip past them.

July 26, 2009 at 11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Andy.

I love your kind words as always and thanks for your promoting of Cambodia football.I have introduced your blog to all of my friends and the people I know.
I read your blog everydays.
I'm not only read football article,but I read everything you have posted.You are my blog hero.Since I have used the internet.I never saw website or blogspot post alot of article about Cambodia and update everyday like yours.
Keep it up ...

Sorry for my english writing.

July 26, 2009 at 12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Andy
though i'm a soccer fan too (of course, I'm a Brazilian), I think Sammy-X made a good point. And, if you allow me a constructive criticism, a feature I use to appreciate in your former website that's largely missing in the blog is book reviewing on a more regular basis.
As for the Cambodian national team, I think that if they could spend one month playing at Copacabana beach in Rio, they would surely qualify to regional competitions and, eventually, the World Cup. - Sérgio

July 26, 2009 at 7:22 PM  
Anonymous Prak said...

angelina jolie and peaut princess were both apsara dancers in king court Jayvarman. Thanks for sharing, Andy. God bless you - Prak

July 26, 2009 at 10:35 PM  

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