| PHNOM PENH (28 March 2009) – Prak Sovannara, the head coach of the Cambodia national team, has called on nine new faces to carry the team’s challenge for the upcoming AFC Challenge Cup qualifying round in Bangladesh.
Out of the 22 players called for the centralised training camp at the National Olympic Stadium, the decision was made to rely on majority of the players from the recent Hun Sen Cup finalists – Phnom Penh Crown and Naga Corp FC.
Phnom Penh Crown, the Cambodian Premier League and Hun Sen Cup holders, already have Teing Tiny and Chan Rithy in the national squad and where now they will also have goalkeeper Peng Bunchhay, defender Lor Pech Seiha and offensive midfielder Keo Sokgnan in the line-up.
On the other hand Naga Corp, contributed striker Teab Vatanak, midfielder Pok Chanthan and defensive captain Om Thavarak alongside existing Kim Chanbunrith and Sun Sovannarith.
Preah Khan Reach FC, who emerged as the third best team in the Hun Sen Cup last week, now have six players in the national squad with the addition of midfielder Khoun La Boravy.
The other new faces in the Cambodia national team are right back Pheak Rady from National Defense Ministry FC and Ly Ravy, a midfielder from Kirivong Sok Sen Chey.
Those players who have been left out since their participation in the AFF Suzuki Cup 2008 are custodian Hem Samay, defenders Thul Sothearith, Chea Virath and Sun Sampratna, midfielders Sam Minar, Ieng Saknida, Ieng Piseth and strikers Pich Sina and Hok Sochivorn.
PIC: Prak Sovannara