Seven-goal hero: I’m loving it in Phnom Penh

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Gisung Yeon poses for a selfie with fans after Sunday’s amazing game. Courtesy PPCFC

Cambodia sport’s man of the moment Gisung Yeon caught his breath last night to tell the Khmer Times: “It’s already behind me. Now let’s go for the title.”
 
The Phnom Penh striker appears to have shattered every record in the book with SEVEN goals in the 11-0 Metfone C-League demolition of CMAC at RSN Stadium on Sunday.
 
What made it even more remarkable is that it was only his second competitive game for Crown since joining on a free transfer in the mid-season transfer window.
 
Speaking through an interpreter, Gisung told me how much he is already loving life in the Cambodian capital and how he hopes Crown can use Sunday’s astonishing result as a springboard to surge to another title.
 
“I’ve never imagined that I could score seven goals in single game,” he said, “but I will stop thinking about it and keep working hard to improve myself. All thanks to Jesus.
 
“I really appreciate all my teammates and all the coaching staff here. Everybody made this great result. We’ve trained very hard and prepared a lot for the CMAC game and we even changed formations. We deserve it. 
 
“If we keep playing like last night we can be champions.”
 
Gisung asked me to convey his heartfelt thanks to everyone who has made him so welcome here.
 
“I’m enjoying Phnom Penh. I’m staying with fellow Korean players No Sang-min, Jeong Hee-jong (of National Police), An Seoung-eun (of CMAC), Kim Nam-gun (of PKR Svay Rieng) and my agents Jay and Yongdae. 
 
“So I am able to spend time with them and eat Korean food every day. I’m happy to be here.”
 
Gisung also revealed how close he has become to his fans. “I would especially like to thank my many friends. They are like my fan club at Phnom Penh Sunlin Church. I’d like to mention their names; Sora, Jisan, Taeksu, Ji won, Jaeyoung, Heeyoung, Jaekyun, Heejeong, Yonghoon and Wonjae”
 
“We belong to Jesus. They pray for me and cheer me a lot I really thank them.”
 
The South Korean played like a man possessed on Sunday evening, netting a hat-trick in 20 astonishing first-half minutes and another four as Crown ran riot after the interval.
 
Remarkably, neither his seven goals nor Crown’s 11 are a record – Boeung Ket’s Chan Vathanaka scored eight in a 12-2 drubbing of Kirivong Sok Sen Chey in July 2015.
 
Gisung, 27, has had an injury-plagued career.
 
He made an instant impact for TTM Phichit in the Thai Premier League in 2011, scoring a hat-trick in one of his first matches, but then dislocated his foot and was sidelined for 20 months.
 
Gisung returned in 2013, only for a loan spell with PTT Rayong in Division 1 to be suddenly ended by a serious knee injury.
 
He played the second half of last season with Bangkok Christian College in the Thai Division 2, scoring seven goals.
 
Crown Coach Oleg Starynski paid tribute to Gisung but wants the credit to be shared with his teammates.
 
“Gisung had a good game. I’m very happy that he started to score,” said the Ukrainian.
 
“He needs to thank his teammates who created them, and as a striker he needs to finish them. I’m also very happy for Chanpolin – he was very solid in the middle, acted as a barrier and showed a lot of courage.
 
“I didn’t expect this result. I was very nervous and I prepared the team for a big match,” he said.
 
“We kept pushing from the first second to the last. We never stopped pushing for 90 minutes.”

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