Monday, November 9, 2009

Snippets from the footy

Welcome to the BIDC Cup
  • Scott O'Donell, the Cambodian coach, revealed that despite coaching the national team in two spells for over 2.5 years, this was only his 4th game to be played on home soil. He enthused about the support of the home crowd for the game against HAGL and said it was great for the players to win in front of their home fans and to receive such great support.
  • The two matches on Sunday were televised live by the TV5 television channel. There were also cameras there from CTN and Apsara TV. Actually, I'd love a copy of the tape from the Cambodia game - it could become a best-seller.
  • Talking of tv, I was interviewed by commentator Nguyen Khac Cuong of VTV, the national Vietnamese television broadcaster, who were covering the game and wanted to hear more about football in Cambodia. I think I was the only person around at the time.
  • All of the press were issued with sky blue 'press' bibs for the occasion. As a fashion statement they looked awful. Hence there's no photo of me wearing one. And the FFC even remembered to reserve some seats in the main stand for the press this time around. Unfortunately, the organization of the opening day of the tournament was a mite chaotic. The control of the tv cameramen and press photographers was non existent when the teams were presented to the VIPs and it looked more like a rugby scrum than an international event. In addition, the opening ceremony was held between the two matches and dragged on far too long. It meant the 2nd match kicked off 30 minutes late and the players were made to hang around much too long after their pre-match warm-up.
  • BIDC and the sponsors of the tournament have dug deep into their pockets to provide a series of monetary rewards. The winners of the cup get $20,000, 2nd place is half of that and 3rd place gets $5,000. There are $1,000 prizes for the most valuable player, top scorer and best goalkeeper. There's also a reward of $200 for the scorer of the first goal in each game. That was won by Sayavuthi Khampeng of Laos and Bui Xuan Hieu of HAGL in yesterday's games.
  • The 2 Vietnamese teams in the BIDC Cup have a sprinkling of foreign players in their ranks. Two of Vissai Ninh Binh's players received Vietnamese citizenship earlier this year and were called into the Vietnamese national team. They were goalkeeper Dinh Hoang La, who is Ukraine-born and was formerly called Lytovka Mykola, and Dinh Hoang Max, a Nigerian-born striker who used to be known as Maxwell Eyerakpo. VNB also have another Nigerian and an Ivory Coast player in their ranks. HAGL have 3 Brazilian players (Toledo, Goncaves and Barbieri), a Czech keeper in the massive frame of Michal Silhavy and another player from Ghana in their squad.



Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

I forgot to mention that because of printing deadlines for the Phnom Penh Post, the match report from Sunday's game between Cambodia and HAGL will not appear until Tuesday morning's paper. Not ideal but evening kick-offs have always posed problems for newspapers across the globe. Cambodia is no exception. This will also apply to the games scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday, when Cambodia kick off at 6pm both times, so the results will not be in the PPP the next morning. However, of course, you will be able to get the results here on my blog, which will carry the exclusive results, as always.
Stay tuned.

November 9, 2009 at 12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Andy.

November 9, 2009 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger CHAMROEUN said...

Hi Andy, for u who are the best players in the match?
For me, Seila and Tiny

November 9, 2009 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Hi Roeun,
well I too thought Nov Soseila was in sparkling form last night, taking his man on at every opportunity but also tracking back and defending when the need arose. He did brilliantly to coax the defender into bringing him down for the penalty. I thought the spark would disappear when he limped off, but for the 17 year old substitute Prak Mony Udom to score was a great boost for the youngster.
The crowd in the stand next to me loved it whenever Soseila got the ball. They nicknamed him 'Charlie' after the small motorbike and because he was so fast for a small guy. He certainly is a crowd pleaser and favourite.
I was also impressed with Tieng Tiny's defending, Sun Sovannarith's non-stop running, whilst in midfield Phuong Narong did very well and looked a better player than I'd given him credit for before last night.
Chan Chhaya had a bit of a nightmare with his first touch early on but grew in stature as the game wore on and had 4 good chances to score. Sub Oum Kumpheak was also guilty of missing two very good chances in the last 20 minutes.
But I think I would give most credit to Khim Borey. He played the whole game, he kept his cool and netted twice from the penalty spot and then slotted into a midfield holding role when he knew his fitness level was dropping off. Considering he played 80 minutes in his first comeback practice match last Wednesday, his contribution was quite remarkable. He's been out for nearly six months with a nagging ankle injury which needed surgery and he's literally miles behind everyone else with his fitness levels, but he looked anything but out of place in Sunday's game. So my MOTM goes to Khim Borey.

November 9, 2009 at 11:24 PM  

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