Saturday, July 7, 2012

Sochetra is the man

A quick piece of football news. I know I cover football on my Kingdom of Football blog but it's not every day that the Cambodia national team announce they have a new head coach. The outgoing coach, a South Korean, has been an unmitigated disaster for just under two years. So the football federation in their infinite wisdom have gone local and appointed the country's best-ever striker as the new man in the hot seat. Hok Sochetra was scoring goals for fun for the national team in the 1990s, even though he was usually in a losing team. He's coached local teams before but doesn't have an international coaching record to speak of, so his appointment to lead the Cambodia team into the Suzuki Cup qualifiers in October is a baptism of fire. The senior national team have not played for a year since they lost badly in a World Cup match in Laos. Sochetra's job will be to select and then gel together a team in less than three months, in tandem with his players being involved in domestic and cup matches during the same period. Tough job for an experienced international coach, even tougher for a local coach with no friendly matches lined up and a do-or-die knock-out competition just around the corner. Cambodia's answer to Alan Shearer will need to hit the ground running. I wish him well.

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