Friday, November 27, 2009

The final 20

The players, coaching staff and VIP guests & sponsors at this afternoon's press conference
More later as I've just got back to the office after the chaotic football press conference at the Military Police HQ in Tuol Kork, to announce a series of financial incentives for the Cambodian U23s, who will leave for Laos to compete in the SEA Games first thing tomorrow morning. I'll bring you more on the 20-man squad and an interview with coach Scott O'Donell later tonight. As for the financial incentives, don't ask me, the whole conference was in Khmer without any translation. I have a paper list, also in Khmer, which I'll get translated later as well. The Governor of Phnom Penh, the Commander of the Military Police (who is also president of the football federation) and the head of MetFone were the distinquished guests though my view was almost permanently obscured by about a dozen television cameras from all the local tv stations. Catch me on the news later tonight.
For those who can't wait, the 20-man squad is:
Goalkeepers
Sou Yaty, Samreth Seiha (Ministry of National Defence)
Defenders
Lay Raksmey, Sok Rithy (Preah Khan Reach)
Pheak Rady (MND)
Tieng Tiny, Touch Pancharong (Phnom Penh Crown)
Chan Dara (Khemara Keila)
Sun Sovannarith (Naga Corp)
Midfielders
Prak Mony Udom, San Narith, Khuon La Boravy
(PKR)
Nov Sokseila, Oum Kumpheak, Lorn Sotheara (MND)
Chhun Sothearath (Build Bright United)
Forwards
Chan Chhaya, Keo Sokngorn (PP Crown)
Kuoch Sokumpheak
(Khemara Keila)
Khim Borey (MND)
Cambodia U23 skipper Sun Sovannarith accepts a gift from Phnom Penh Governor Kep Chuktema
Sponsors and the players, and tv cameras, fill the conference hall at the Military Police HQ

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