Cambodia VS East Timor – LIVE Reddit Soccer 02/06/2022
Cambodia National Football team general manager Keisuke Honda insisted that his side must claim a win when they meet East Timor in their June 2 international friendly match, which kicks off at 7pm at Morodok Techo National Stadium. The head coach of the visiting side also looked forward to testing the quality of his team on their return to Phnom Penh. Prior to their recent defeat at the 31st SEA Games in Vietnam, Cambodia’s U23 team famously lost 1-0 to East Timor when the Kingdom hosted the ASEAN Football Federation’s U23 Championship in 2022. An own goal by Sar Ty in the 18th minute – at the same stadium – extinguished the home side’s chance of escaping from the group stages.
Honda admitted that the rematch would not be easy, but the Japanese man claimed that it was a must win. This was an important opportunity for the Kingdom to strengthen their build up, ahead of the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers in India, which start on June 8. “We have vital matches coming up in India, so the East Timor game will be good preparation. Of course we also remember that we lot to them in the AFF U23 championship, so this is a great chance to erase a painful memory!” he told a June 1 news conference.
Honda added: “A meeting with East Timor is never an easy match because they are a side with a lot of talented players. Although they are not necessarily the biggest or the strongest, they are highly technical. We will have to be careful going into the match, and it will test the abilities of our players as they get ready for India.” Asked if the Cambodian team would continue to focus on gaining experience and developing players, Honda replied: In the past, we have tried to win but have been unlucky, so we have not won major events like the SEA Games.”
“However, I am always thinking about how to help the team win. I also need to give our young players a chance to get experience, so hopefully I can find the balance between them and do both. We have to think about the future of Cambodian football, which isn’t easy. We need to beat East Timor and then we will shift our focus to the AFC Cup qualifying rounds. We will try our best to make the finals,” he added. East Timor coach Fábio Joaquim Maciel da Silva also wants to use the game to strengthen his squad. “I’m happy to be back in Cambodia again. I think this match will be tough, as both teams are fairly evenly matched. It will certainly be attractive for the fans and I expect to see many good things come from this match,” he said.
The Brazilian coach added: “We do not have any more qualifying matches, so this will be a good opportunity for our young players to refine their technique and strengthen their skills – as well as strengthen their spirits! In both domestic and away matches, we do not attract as big of a crowd as Cambodia, so playing here will help our guys adapt to the intensity of a large international match.” A CAMBODIAN businessman is set to become the saviour of financially beleaguered Polish football giants Wisla Krakow after recent reports that a Cambodian-British consortium is closing in on a takeover of the club.
The syndicate is reportedly led by Ly Vanna, a previously unknown Cambodian businessman. A conditional agreement with a Luxembourg-British syndicate of investment funds was signed on Tuesday and will be finalised in the coming days, said Sport Company Wisla Krakow, Reuters reported. “As far as I am concerned, an agreement was signed today with an investment fund, behind which are Cambodian investors,” president of the city of Krakow Jacek Majchrowski told Reuters. “The fund is specialised in restructuring and then selling.” A club spokeswoman declined to comment to Reuters on Wisla’s new owners. The details of the contract are strictly confidential, news site PolandIN reported. The contract will become effective over the next few days. Founded in 1906, Wisla are one of the most successful sides in Polish football, having won the Polish top-flight Ekstraklasa 14 times, most recently in 2011.
This was the last of eight championships won since 1991 in an incredibly successful modern period. They reached the quarterfinals of the European Cup in 1979 and share Poland’s greatest rivalry with Legia Warsaw. However, the club has suffered financial difficulties recently and are said to owe short-term debts of around 40 million Polish zlotys, around $10.7 million. The new owners have pledged to pay $3.2 million by next Friday, with the rest of the short-term debt to then be dealt with, PolandIN reported. A further $34.8 million has been promised to be invested over the next 12 months to save the club. Asian businessmen have become involved in European football over the past few years, most famously the Thai owners of Leicester City. A Chinese investment company is the backer of Leicester’s Premier League rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Cambodian tycoon Vanna is said to own shares in Czech giants Slavia Praga and Portuguese top-flight outfit Vitoria Guimaraes, according to football agent Adam Pietrowski, likely Wisła’s new sports director. He also has shares in MLS side New York City and Japan’s Yokohama FC, and others in Argentina and Brazil, PolandIN reported.
Aside from this, little is known about the investors. Vanna reportedly heads the Alelega fund, which has an office in Luxembourg, and is said to become the majority shareholder with a 60 per cent stake, PolandIN said. British company Noble Capital Partners, which specialises in the trade of company assets, is to control the remaining 40 per cent. Tucked away in a neglected slum area near Boeung Kak Lake, a young aspiring football coach is harnessing the power of sport for social empowerment and to improve the lives of some of the nation’s poorest children through his charitable project Play To Progress.
Play To Progress is the brainchild of Tith Sovannara, a 23-year-old Cambodian who grew up with little education and few prospects in one of Phnom Penh’s slums. As a boy from an impoverished background, Sovannara himself has been gifted opportunities he would never have usually enjoyed as a result of the beautiful game. Today, through the support of several NGOs, he has managed to earn his Asia Football Confederation ‘C’ coaching certificate – the first step in the long road to becoming a professional football coach. Seeing the positive impact football has had on his life, early last year Sovannara set off on his year-long mission to provide young children from marginalised communities across eight Cambodian provinces the chance to also experience the transformative power of football.
“I have worked with communities in eight provinces – including Kampong Spur, Kampot, Takeo, Svay Rieng, Kandal, Banteay Meanchey, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.” “I’ve travelled to Kampong Spur province more often because it is not far from home and I can travel on my own motorbike.” “With the longer rides, I need to catch a bus and a motodop just to reach the area, and sometimes I even have to rent a tuk-tuk to carry my football equipment and donations of notebooks, pens and bags for the children, which are provided by friends and NGOs,” he says.
Sovannara usually travels alone, and most recently he went to the Banteay Meanchey province’s Sophie Primary School to coach more than 200 children. “I use many means to spread educational issues through sport. For example, before I go to a community, I research to find out what issues they are facing. I then raise these issues with the children and discuss it with them,” he says. Sovannara added that he currently funds the project through his own pocket, but hopes to establish his own NGO in the very near future to make his work more sustainable and expandable.