Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Cambodian U19s set for titanic tussle with Thais

  YangonCambodia’s U19 squad clash with neighbouring rivals Thailand today in the 2011 AFF U19 Championship in Yangon. Buoyed by their 0-0 draw with Malaysia and a 5-3 trumping of the Philippines, the Kingdom’s lads will fancy their chances against a favoured Thai side at the Youth Training Centre.
Cambodia’s Prak Mony Oudom (second right) sets up for a successful penalty during their game against the Philippines U19s. Photo by: UNG CHAMROEUN
However, they will need to avoid the lapse in concentration that saw them almost surrender a 4-0 lead against the Filipinos.

Should the Cambodians grab all three points from today’s fixture, they would be odds on to grab a place in the semifinals for the first time in four attempts since 2002.

“It’s time for us to set a record in the history of Cambodian football by struggling to win over Thailand,” said Cambodia U19  team assistant coach Rith Dikar. “We must think we can really [win over] all opponents.”

Preah Khan Reach striker Phanny I Ratha, who netted a hat trick against the Philippines on Sunday but admitting regret at missing many more chances, said he and his team-mates would “focus on the playing against Thailand.”

Preah Khan Reach owner and Football Federation of Cambodia Committee member Li Kimchhun has allegedly promised each player and coach US$300 each if they can win both today’s game and their last group match against Singapore on Thursday.

In today’s other Group A tie, Singapore take on Malaysia at the Aung San Stadium, with both games slated for a 3:30pm kickoff.

Yesterday’s Group B action saw Vietnam wallop Indonesia 6-1 to go top, while hosts Myanmar enjoyed a 6-0 romp over hapless Brunei.

  New order was established at the end of the three-month long Futsal League season in Battambang on Saturday as first time entrants Flying Crown took the honours in the men’s section at the expense of fellow debutants Flying Horse. Crown finished 4-2 victors in a well fought final played on the SALT Academy pitch at Battambang airfield.
Jerusalem team members celebrate their U16 boys futsal league title trophy after finals were held in Battambang on Saturday. Photo Supplied

The final showdown between these two newly formed teams followed their semifinal victories over well known heavyweights Dana Shop and Baitong FC. In a keenly contested third place playoff, Dana Shop prevailed 2-1 over Baitong.

Jerusalem, meanwhile, topped the boys U16 event, beating Corner Crown 2-1 in the final with the third place going to Catholic, who beat Dana Shop 5-1.

It was a mixed bag for FEDA teams in the girls categories. While FEDA made it to the finals of both the U13 and U16 competitions, they managed to win one and lose the other in nail-biting penalty shootouts.

In the U13 final, Chrey and FEDA and were locked 1-1 at regulation time before the latter won the spotkicks 2-0. In the U16 final however, FEDA and KMR saw full time end at 3-3 before KMR clinched the title via a 3-2 win on penalties to pick up their second trophy of the season.

Favourites were to the fore in both the boys U11 and U13 finals. Homeland proved too good for Adnan, winning the U11 title fight 6-2, while SOS Children’s Home came back from a goal down to beat Blue Cat 4-1 in the final of the U13s.

As many as 101 teams from Battambang province and surrounding areas took part in the 5-a-side futsal leagues which was spread over nearly three months and featured six divisions for men, boys and girls. The games followed official FIFA sanctioned rules.

The ANZ SALT League, which is the main attraction in a hectic Battambang football calendar, is scheduled to start in the middle of November.

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