Khmer Times/Ismail Vorajee Thursday, 13 April 2017 1209 views

Vitorino summons the C-League coaches

Cambodian national team head coach Leonardo Vitorino held a meeting of Metfone C-League division 1 coaches at the headquarters of the Football Federation of Cambodia on Tuesday, aiming at improving the technical level of selected players, as well as improving the league and teams.
 

 Vitorino, who took the top job in February, had promised to usher in a new era in Cambodian football. However, the challenge of revitalizing a youthful and inexperienced Cambodian side could perhaps be the Brazilian’s toughest challenge yet.
 

“It’s something that is already happening in Europe. The goal is to get to the coaches, how the Cambodian national team will work, as well as present the schedule and also seek a bigger integration and a better formation and promotion of the player, so that we can raise The technical part of the competition itself, “ said Vitorino in a social media post announcing the initiative.
 

“I also want to hear the suggestions of the coaches to know what we can do to improve the league and also the quality of local players, aiming at the sequence of our work in command of the national team,” he added.
 

With the C-League on hiatus for the New Year, the meeting was attended by coaches including Phnom Penh Crown’s Oleg Starynski, Boeung Ket Angkor’s John McGlynn and Kirivong Sok Sen Chey’s Chan Phat Phath.  
 

Vitorino was given a rude awakening at the sheer scale of the job at hand, after the Kouprey’s were demolished 7-0 in recent AFC Cup 2019 group qualifier in Amman, Jordan.
 

Cambodia never looked likely to get anything from the game as the hosts fired in two unanswered strikes by half-time, before slamming in a further five in a frantic second period. The usually sprightly Chan Vathanaka was marked closely by his opposite number, while Prak Mony Udom struggled to make a dent in Jordan’s strongly marshaled defense.
 

The Cambodian team return to action on in June to test themselves against Afghanistan, playing for the second round.

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