Last night's 2 goal hero - Chan Chhaya
Tricky decision. Most of the team played a blinder in the 3-2 win over HAGL last night to earn themselves the BIDC Cup, a share of the prize money and a new moto each, thanks to the football federation. Goalkeeper Samreth Seiha, whose handling last night was almost faultless, was voted best goalkeeper by the press to win a $1,000 prize. Kuoch Sokumpheak's beaming smile at the end of the game said it all after he claimed the winner in the closing minutes. Sun Sovannarith's forays down the left wing were a feature throughout the tournament and the U23s skipper was as proud as punch to lift the cup at the end of the game. But my vote goes to Chan Chhaya
, who netted two first-half goals to give Cambodoa a 2-nil halftime advantage. Chhaya is one of the unsung heroes of the team, he missed a few chances in the other games but came good last night when it really mattered. He wouldn't be everyone's pick to partner Sokumpheak up front but his tireless running is a great foil to his partner's savvy and he showed last night that he knows where the goal is. At 22 he's one of the older players in the squad and plays for Phnom Penh Crown in the CPL, though finds it tough to hold down a regular spot with their preference for African strikers.
All the press attention is on Chan Chhaya at the end of the game A composed and happy Kuoch Sokumpheak after the game The Cambodian players on the podium. LtoR, Sun Sovannarith, Kuoch Sokumpheak (10), Nov Soseila (14) and Chan Chhaya (9).
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