| KUALA LUMPUR (June 19, 2007) – Shortly after seeing his team being demolished by half a dozen goals last night, Cambodian head coach Scott O’Donell remained confident that Cambodia can put up a stronger team for the SEA Games at the end of the year.
The Cambodian national team was outplayed by Malaysia 6-0 at the Stadium Shah Alam in a game which the latter was using as a test – at so many levels – for the Asian Cup 2007 next month.
“It is never good to lose by such a margin but I have no problems with the boys as the have worked hard throughout and they have given everything they’ve got,” said O’Donell.
“We have to be realistic of where we are and where Malaysia is at this moment but with several months still to go to the SEA Games that will be our priority.”
O’Donell said that he will be stepping up the training regime for the national team for them to train three times a week instead of just twice currently.
The majority of the Under-23 players – the age requirement for the SEA Games – are those from the Samdech Hun Sen Cup 2007 which was won by Khemara Keila FC who beat Naga Corp in the final recently.
“Apart from the SEA Games, the concentration will also be for the Asean Football Championship qualifiers next year where we have decided that Cambodia will be represented by the U23 lads as well as a few additions from the older players,” he added.