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Coach praises keeper after passage secured

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National Police went through to the final on a rain-drenched Olympic Stadium pitch. KT / Yeun Punlue

The head coach of National Police Commissary FC praised his team in securing passage to the Hun Sen Cup final and had special words for a fine display by keeper Prak Monyphearun.

National Police went through to the Hun Sen Cup final after they registered a 2-0 defeat of Angkor Tiger in their semi-final at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday.

“I’m very excited about him, said Police coach Sarith Sidon on Monday. “In fact, he is a good goalkeeper but sometimes he lacks confidence in himself. However, he has done a lot to keep us in the game and to encourage his teammates.”

Oriol Mohedano, Angkor Tiger coach, spoke of his disappointment in defeat.

“The game is very difficult and every game is different,” he told reporters. “It’s normal in football that when we make a mistake we are punished. This means more pressure. It’s hard to recover.”

Army’s final opponents will be Ministry of National Defense who on Saturday secured passage to the 2018 Hun Sen Cup final coming from behind to win a thrilling 3-1 victory in extra-time over rivals NagaWorld in the other semi-final meeting. The final between Army and Police is set for October 6 at the National Stadium.

The Hun Sen Cup, short for the Samdech Akkak Moha Sena Pedey Decho Hun Sen Cup, debuted in 2007 and has since been played annually. The inaugural competition was won by Khemara Keila, with Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng the most successful side in the tournament’s short history with four cup wins.

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