Conor Nestor, head coach of the Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng football club, and his player Sareth Krya have won the top accolades for the month in the Metfone Cambodian League (MCL) 2020.
Nestor was judged as the ‘Coach of the Month (March)’, while Krya received the ‘Best Player of the Month (March) recognition from
the Cambodian National Competitions Committee (CNCC), which manages the domestic football leagues in Cambodia.
A few days ago, the duo received plaques recognising their exemplary performance in Cambodia’s number-one football league.
Under the stewardship of Nestor, PKR Svay Rieng is on top of the standings in the League with four wins and a single draw, two points ahead of second-placer Phnom Penh Crown FC. If the trend continues, PKR Svay Rieng FC is well on its way to another title in the MCL, which is currently suspended because of the Coronavirus outbreak.
“I would like to thank the CNCC for the award. It’s a privilege to work alongside all my fellow coaches in the Metfone League. This award is not really for me but for all of our staff and players for their continued hard work,” Nestor said.
“Hopefully, we can get through this difficult time and I can share this prize with our wonderful supporters,” he added.
It is the fourth time for Nestor to win the award. He also received the ‘Coach of the Month’ award three times last year as he steered PKR Svay Rieng FC to the title in the MCL.
A native of Ireland, Nestor has been at the helm of PKR Svay Rieng FC since 2018. In that capacity, he has led the team to MCL 2019 title and runner-up finish in the Hun Sen Cup 2019.
Nestor is also leading their team campaign in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup 2020.
Krya, a defender, was surprised he had won the award this time. The best player award often goes to forwards or attacking midfielders.
“It was incredible. I never expected that,” Krya told the local media.
Krya’s defensive acumen has been critical of his team’s success in March, where they were able to overtake erstwhile leader Phnom Penh Crown FC in the standings.
Krya, who is also a Cambodian national team mainstay, has been playing for PKR Svay Rieng FC since 2015.
The awards are given to the top-performing coach and player. Team performance is also factored when selecting the winner. It is given on a monthly basis.
In February, the best coach award went to Phnom Penh Crown FC head coach Sum Vanna, while the best player accolade was received by forward Okereke Timothy Chimerie of the Phnom Penh Crown FC. Chimerie is the top goalscorer of the MCL, with 10 goals after five matches.