Monday, May 23, 2011
They did it. Phnom Penh Crown stood up to be counted on the big occasion. This afternoon's AFC President's Cup match was crucial. A win would confirm Crown's qualification to the finals, though the experienced Abahani team from Bangladesh stood in their way. The big crowd, full of expectation, held their breath until 11 minutes from time when Chan Chaya scored the all-important winning goal from close in, to send the stadium into delirium. It was a really close game which Crown just shaded on clear-cut chances but it was tight, and Chaya is fast earning himself a reputation as a match-winner. Defensively, Crown were excellent with Odion Obadin giving the performance of the match as the crowd erupted in celebration at the final whistle. They have one more game on Wednesday against fellow qualifiers Neftchi, but both teams are already through to the cup finals to be played later this year. Love Cambodia, Love Phnom Penh Crown!