Friday, October 9, 2009
Yesterday, the Cambodian Under-23 team, currently enjoying the majority of this month at a training camp in Vietnam in readiness for the 4-team tournament in Phnom Penh in early November though essentially focusing on the SEA Games at the beginning of the following month, tasted success in the first friendly game arranged as part of their schedule of practice matches against Vietnamese club sides. A 1-0 success for the U23s, with a goal by full-back Pheak Rady on 35 minutes against recently-relegated Ho Chi Minh City was a pleasing result for national coach Scott O'Donell and his coaching team. "I was quite happy with the performance of the team, particularly in the first half. The only real chances HCMC had were a result of our sloppiness. The boys were disciplined and worked very hard. Still along way to go, but considering I have been working them hard in training, the performance today was encouraging. I made 8 changes throughout the second half, which obviously disrupted things a bit, but overall I was quite happy."