Thursday, September 24, 2009

On the training ground

National coach Scott O'Donell gets his point across at this morning's Under-23 training session
The Under-23 players take a breather and listen to the coaching staff
For those readers who ignore my football posts, get ready to ignore quite a few over the next few days as the football season reaches a climax here in Cambodia. On Saturday we have the finals of the Super 4 play-offs to decide the Cambodian Premier League champions, runners-up, as well as 3rd and 4th places. Then on Sunday we have the first real test for the new Cambodian Under-23 squad that national coach Scott O'Donell has put together. Tomorrow morning there's a press conference at the Olympic Stadium which I hope to attend to hear more, though I've already got a scoop with my interview with Scott at yesterday's training session, which also appeared in today's Phnom Penh Post, but in a reduced format. I also popped along to today's session where all of the 25-man squad appeared, though Khim Borey (who has gone to Vietnam today for a check-up after a recent operation on an ankle injury) and San Narith sat out through injury. With 15 of the 25-man squad involved with their club sides in the play-offs on Saturday, this morning was just a light work-out and O'Donell's young charges will begin their squad training in earnest after the Singapore friendly. Here's a few snapshots from this morning and photos of the Under-23 coaching team.
Cambodian national team coach Scott O'Donell
Assistant national coach Bouy Dary
Assistant national coach Van Piseth
National goalkeeping coach Prak Sovanny

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