Leading by example, Phnom Penh Crown skipper Chan Rithy scored twice in their 3-0 win
Sunday's Cambodian Premier league
football results to follow. I'm just out the door to get a chicken curry ready for tonight's Barclays football live on the tv. ESPN does British football proud with wall-to-wall live matches over here. One sad detail of this afternoon: there was a commotion halfway through the 2nd game when gunshots were heard in the car park behind the main grandstand, but this is Cambodia afterall and gunshots and gun-related crime are a constant factor in society here. More needs to be done by the authorities to cut down on the easy accessibility of weapons for sure.
Back to the football. In a bottom of the table clash, Build Bright spanked Phuchung Neak 3-1 though the already relegated side put up a spunky fight. Ek Vannak, Oum Chandara and Augustine Ogbni netted for BBU, with the Navy team getting a late consolation penalty through Wilson Mene. BBU lost defender Rim Bunheang to a red card too. For the league leaders Phnom Penh Crown, who made changes and brought in some of their squad players to start the game, it was business as usual, beating Kirivong 3-o, though they rarely got into 2nd gear. Stand-in skipper Chan Rithy scored twice, the first a header and the second, an unstoppable volley, with sub Chan Chhaya getting the third. The win takes Crown five points clear of 2nd placed Preah Khan Reach, who have two games in hand.
The league leaders Phnom Penh Crown beat Kirivong 3-0 at a canter this afternoon BBU youngster Ek Vannak netted their first goal in today's 3-1 success
I'm still waiting to hear the make-up of the Cambodian U-23 team, which coach Scott O'Donell has selected but is waiting for a press conference to make the formal announcement. We are still 3+ months away from the SEA Games in Laos where the squad will represent Cambodia in the football competition, one of the 25+ disciplines to be fought over. One of the team's best players would've been striker Khim Borey, who has played for the national team for the last couple of years but has been missing for the majority of this season with a mysterious ankle injury. His team, National Defense have at last got him some proper treatment by sending him to Vietnam for a scan on his injury and he might still have time to come into O'Donell's selection thoughts, despite missing the weekly sessions the squad have already had together. They will get together full-time once the CPL season finishes at the end of September, with a game already lined-up at Olympic on Sunday 27 September against Singapore U-23s.
Labels: Cambodia U-23s, Cambodian Premier League, Scott O'Donell