Friday, September 23, 2011

Taking it easy

Yesterday was a rest day without any training after Wednesday night's crucial game, whilst today the team went for an early morning session and this afternoon, we're off to the national stadium to catch both of today's games, at 4pm and 7pm. The second game is the important one. If the hosts, Taiwan Power Company win or draw, they go through to meet Phnom Penh Crown in Sunday's final. If they lose then FC Balkan from Turkmenistan will go through instead. It's a good opportunity to see both teams ahead of the final, both for Crown's coaching team and the players themselves. In the other game, it's a dead rubber between Neftchi and Yadanarbon, both of whom Crown beat to top the three-team group. I hear that the Cambodian government team play the Thai Red Shirts on Saturday at the Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh, and then we make it a double-header with our AFC President's Cup Final the following evening, kick-off 6pm Cambodian-time. Unfortunately, our game will not be screened in Cambodia, as none of the television channels deemed it important enough, though two teams of ageing government officials will have live coverage beamed into every household. Someone has got their priorities all wrong. I've just finished lunch and also had a long chat with Crown coach David Booth about what he found when he arrived at the club back in June and how things have changed since, especially how we fared in the Cambodian League programme.
Postscript: Taiwan Power Company are through to the cup final to meet Phnom Penh Crown after they recovered for a 3-1 deficit to beat FC Balkan 4-3 in their second group match. So like Crown, they have won both their matches to move into Sunday's final.

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Blogger phnompenhpast said...

It's unfortunate that the AFC President's Cup Final won't get the coverage it deserves, but you have to admit that the Thai vs Cambodian officials match today deserved a certain amount of attention, if only because it was so bizarre! I tried watching it for a while but got a bit sleepy, it was a bit on the slow side...

September 24, 2011 at 11:37 PM  

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