Saturday, December 5, 2009

The warm-up

Cambodia skipper Sun Sovannarith (18, red) leads out the national U23 team yesterday
I'm back online, better late than never, so here are a flood of pictures from last night at the Cambodia v Thailand encounter, here in Vientiane. By the way, today hosts Laos drew with Myanmar 1-1 and Singapore lost a 2-goal lead against Indonesia to draw 2-2. These teams are in Group B. Cambodia are in the 5-team Group A and face underdogs Timor Leste tomorrow at the National Stadium (5.45pm start), expecting to put that defeat against Thailand behind them. Timor, who got stuffed 11-0 in their 1st game, played a blinder against Vietnam for nearly an hour last night before going down. It wasn't Vietnam's strongest side by any stretch but Timor battled bravely and will be a tough nut to crack tomorrow afterall.
The Cambodia team and coach Scott O'Donell waiting for the match to begin
Captain, and new father, Sun Sovannarith deep in thought
The FIFA official in white trousers making a fuss of a player's good luck string bracelet!
All ready for the off
The players getting ready for their first game in the SEA Games
Touch Pancharong (24) and Nov Soseila (14), on the bench against Thailand
Chhun Sothearath (16) in the pre-match warm-up
Kuoch Sokumpheak has a stretch before the action begins
A light jog kicks off the pre-match warm up routine for the Cambodian squad

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