Monday, August 10, 2009

Sunday round-up

Hat-trick hero, Vin Nhek Troeung, Kirivon's mid-season signing from Vietnam
Kirivong's skipper and goalscorer Ly Ravy
Kirivong put their recent poor form behind them to notch up a 6-2 success
The youthful BBU side that were trounced by Kirivong on Sunday
It's 1.30am Monday morning and I've just finished watching the film The Untouchables on tv. Great story but the soundtrack music from Ennio Morricone is also untouchable, the man is a genius and if you haven't ever found the time to appreciate the man and his music, I implore you to rectify that immediately. Find out more about the maestro Morricone here. I also watched the Community Shield match on ESPN hence why my posting of Sunday's football round-up is a tad late. As I've come to expect from the Cambodian Premier League in recent months, there were goals galore in the two matches played Sunday afternoon. If you want to see the ball hitting the back of the net on a regular basis then the CPL is where its at. In the first game, Kirivong reversed their recent run of poor form with a 6-2 trounching of Build Bright, and in the second match of the day, Naga consolidated 4th spot with a 3-1 win against the bottom club Phuchung Neak.
Kirivong's recent Vietnamese import Vin Nhek Troeung was the star of their win, netting a hat-trick and leading the BBU defence a merry dance for 90 minutes. His technique in front of goal, cool, calm and collected, makes a nice change from the usual frantic attempts at goal that are the norm. His strike partner Julious Chukwumeka, skipper Ly Ravy and sub Mim Sophal were also on the scoresheet. Two late goals from BBU's industrious African striker Augustine Ogbni made it 6-2. In game 2 of the afternoon, Naga took their time before finishing off the plucky Navy side who stay rooted to the bottom with just 2 points from 14 games. They held out for the 1st half but changed their keeper just before the break - the reasons for the high number of 1st half substitutions in the CPL are a mystery to me - and paid the price when the replacement was chipped early in the second period. Chin Chom did the damage and substitutes Kop Isa and Soeung Monyroath also netted goals for Naga, with Wilson Mene grabbing a consolation for Phuchung Neak. A total of twelve goals in two games, with another five yesterday makes the CPL well worth a few hours of your time every weekend if its goals that you crave. And if you can't make the games, watch the Apsara tv round-up at 6pm every Friday night. Finally, the Cambodian U-19 team ended their AFF U-19 youth championships with a 3-nil defeat against Australia in Saigon on Saturday. Their group turned out to be just as tough as anticipated, with the Cambodians losing all three games they played. However, they did gain valuable competition practice which will hold them in good stead in the future.
Naga Corp consolidated 4th spot with a 3-1 win over Phuchung Neak
Naga's first goal was scored by former national team player Chin Chom
Mid-season signing Kop Isa netted one of the late Naga goals
The toss up between Naga (blue) and Phuchung Neak (red)
Phuchung Neak's goalscorer Wilson Mene at the after-match press interviews
The late afternoon cool air brings out the exercise merchants and kite-flyers at Olympic

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much does it cost to install good microphone at match press conference?

First time, i saw they put microphone over bottle of water.

Funny and unique in the world football press conference...

August 10, 2009 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

I've been waiting for someone to point that out. Thanks for reminding me.
I have only recently started attending some of the after-match interviews. In fact if there are 2 games, the interviews from the 1st match carry on whilst the 2nd game is being played, so I don't attend. Very frustrating.
yes the water bottle is comical isn't it. improvisation is the key. they don't have the facilities really, they just set up a sponsor's backdrop, a chair, a table and that's it, the cameraman from Apsara tv holds the light source and whoever is there, asks the questions, usually its the FFC's press officer. yesterday they wanted me to ask the questions as the subject was African.
the door to the room is also very squeaky, so if anyone enters during the interview they have to start again. it pretty much sums up Cambodian football in many areas - still much room to develop and improve. I could make a list but I'd be on here all day :-)

August 10, 2009 at 12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So do the African players speak Khmer, English or their native language?

August 10, 2009 at 6:14 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

For the record: the African players speak English in the interview room.

August 11, 2009 at 9:32 AM  

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