Sunday, December 13, 2009

A last look

Last minute instructions from Scott O'Donell to Lorn Sotheara, who started his first game
Lay Raksmey is getting the benefit of Scott's experience
This is a final look at the Cambodian football team during their SEA Games adventures which have just come to an end. They beat East Timor but lost their group games to Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam and failed to qualify, and it pretty much panned out according to the formbook, though apart from the Vietnam game on Friday, the Cambodians gave a good account of themselves throughout. This is their warm-up and moments before they played their last game against Vietnam, where coach Scott O'Donell made some changes to the regular line-up. Scott flew back to Phnom Penh yesterday, on the same flight as myself, and is off to Australia today for a family holiday after spending every day with the players since the beginning of October. It's time for some R&R with his family over Christmas. The players will also have some well-earned time to relax before they report back to training duties with their club teams, ready for the Hun Sen Cup which will begin sometime in January.
Assistant coach Bouy Dary takes the team through their warm-up
Clap hands and stretch, in the pre-match warm up
Lorn Sotheara, Khim Borey and Sok Rithy
Samreth Seiha gets in some shot-stopping practice before the game
San Narith deep in concentration
A last minute team huddle before they enter the pitch
Sun Sovannarith (18), left, waiting to lead out his team
Cambodia getting ready to enter the fray
Khim Borey, Sok Rithy and Tieng Tiny
Khim Borey and Sok Rithy, 'getting their heads right'
Kuoch Sokumpheak and Prak Mony Udom just before kick off

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