Sunday, July 3, 2011
An emotional rollercoaster. Otherwise known as the Cambodian national football team. The whole country was on top of the world last Wednesday when the national team came roaring back against Laos to win the first leg of their World Cup qualifying match 4-2. The crowd at the Olympic Stadium were in raptures of the highest order. It was great to be part of it. Tonight, I'm emotionally drained, thoroughly depressed and angry. Laos turned the tables in the 2nd leg in Vientiane and have just whipped the Cambodian team's arse 6-2 after extra time. I've been very critical of the coach's selection policy, in addition to which we took a reduced squad to Laos to cut costs and both came back to bite us big-time. We had a 2-goal head start that was wiped out within half an hour before we got our noses in front again on half-time. Two more early goals, a trait which Cambodia adopts away from home, was again levelled by that man Kouch Sokumpheak, quickly assuming national hero status, and it was all-square at 6-6 on the final whistle. Edge of the seat stuff. Extra-time was our undoing, another early goal effectively settled it and Laos ran out 6-2 winners on the night. Gutted. We could've and should've beaten Laos but we didn't and now have to wait another 4 years for more World Cup glory.