Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Man of the moment, Nov Soseila
If it was up to most Cambodian football fans at the moment, this man would be MOTM in every game. He has set the fans alight with his electrifying pace, his refusal to give up or be intimidated by bigger players, his obvious enjoyment of the game and last night, his match-winning goal. It's Nov Soseila of course, who else. His new nickname in the main stand is 'charlie' after the fast, but very small motorscooter and there's a definite rise in volume whenever he gets the ball. He's exactly the type of player that excites crowds and Scott O'Donell has chanelled his energy back into his game, rather than some of the temper tantrums he displayed at the start of last season's CPL campaign. By the end of the season, Soseila was the pick of the homegrown players and O'Donell had no choice but to select the diminutive wingman, who plays for the Ministry of National Defense. Last night wasn't one of his best games but he scored the all-important second goal and his fleet of foot style enabled him to stick the ball in the net after it rebounded off the post. He was hobbling after the match so I don't expect him to play on Thursday. And having just turned 19 years old he has a great future ahead of him.
Yesterday I also caught up with two of the players who joined the Cambodia U23 squad late in their month-long training camp in Vietnam, after getting the call-up. Both Ieng Piseth and To Vann Thann play for the Defense Ministry team and may get a look-in during Thursday's game though To Vann Thann has been nursing an ankle njury. You may've also noticed that the national team have a new physio, who was with the team in Vietnam and has been dealing with all the knocks and strains that the team have picked up in the BIDC competition. His name is Hay Sakiry and he works at the Teaching Hospital.
To Vann Thann has been nursing an ankle injury the past week
Ieng Piseth is another player with the Ministry of National Defense
Cambodia's new physio, Hay Sakiry

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Blogger CHAMROEUN said...

U know what Cambodian fans said about him? they consider Seila as Messi Cambodian

November 12, 2009 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger oasisresort said...

Andy,you know i share your passion for football and having had trials at Southampton know a bit about the game and i told you i had had my own team down here as we had a good league going before and after i sell this place i want to get involved in training and developing the youth here,but is there any player scheme that i could help with if i see a good player as there are a couple of good local ones and others with a bit more coaching could be promising,i know it all breaks down when things have to get done here but let me know if i can do anything down here,jas.

November 12, 2009 at 6:37 PM  
Anonymous  said...

Hi Chamroeun,
do you know Messi NEVER EVER scored against Brazil and did pretty much NOTHING every time Argentina played against Brazil? Do you know that, after Brazil recently defeated Argentina 3x1 in Assunción, Paraguay, Argentinian TV and sports media convened a round table to discuss this momentous issue: "why Messi is a NIL when we play against Brazil?" Therefore, your comparison does not render justice to the great Seila...
Hi Andy,
England plays against Brazil tomorrow in Doha, and as far as I can recall, its been centuries since England last defeated Brazil. Anyway, Brazil x England have always played beautifully, its indeed a great classic! What are your expectations for this big match? - Zé, Rio/Brasil

November 14, 2009 at 1:23 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

To compare Nov Soseila with Lionel Messi is premature. To comapre him to the motor-scooter Charlie is funny. I hope he has a great game today, he's full of enthusiasm and desire to do well.
As for England v Brazil. England are becoming a real force again under the manager and I think we will win this one (2-1), though it depends on how seriously the players take the game and what team starts the match.

November 14, 2009 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

jason, Cambodia need needs scouts all over the country to identify the youngsters who show natural talent for the game. Then this talent can be nurtured in the right way. We must be gentle with our youths. Already some of the youngsters who play in the CPL have been 'overplayed' and made to play whilst carrying injuries. This must not be allowed to happen. More care needs to be taken with the players.
Battambang has begun a real push on nurturing the youths of tomorrow in football, both boys and girls, and they are doing great work up there. It would be wonderful to replicate that in every major town to be honest. Football at grassroots is so important to help provide the players for the top level of tomorrow.
I would recommend you let the Cambodian coach Scott O'Donell know about the youngsters you have identified. He will make sure that the national coaches at the appropriate age levels are put in the picture. The national teams at all age levels must work together on this. Don't forget we have players who are 17 years old in the Under 23 squad, so we need to catch them early and teach them the right things, as they do in other countries. This has never been a priority here in football before.
Let me have the info jason and I'll pass it one.
Keep them peeled! Your eyes I mean not the oranges.

November 14, 2009 at 8:54 AM  
Anonymous  said...

Sorry, Andy, next time maybe... Milner and Wright-Phillips were my picks for the English team. Leaving Rooney alone to centralize delivery wasn't smart from yr manager, that's not how I see him playing. As for Brazil, apart from the goal which was real nice, it was a routine exhibition, with a lot of players making their 1st. appearance on the national squad. Its been 20 years since Linneker scored and England won 1x0 over Brazil. Looking fwd to see you in South Africa, cheers - Zé/Rio

November 15, 2009 at 2:56 AM  

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