Cambodian national football coach
Scott O'Donell called together head coaches of Cambodian Premier League
(CPL) clubs Monday at the National Sports Centre on the outskirts of
Phnom Penh with the aim of seeking their cooperation and support for
his plans to improve the country's standing in world football. Cambodia
are currently placed 179th in the FIFA rankings, sandwiched between
Samoa and Seychelles. The meeting was deemed a success by the
Australian-born coach, with nine of the ten CPL clubs represented.
O'Donell views the buy-in from the CPL coaches as an important step on
the road to improvement, especially with the upcoming SEA Games in Laos
in December. The national coach has now run the rule over each of the
CPL teams in order to identify the pool of talented Khmer players at
his disposal for the national team. With the SEA Games age limit set at
23, O'Donell feels that the U23 squad will form the nucleus of the
Cambodia team for the foreseeable future.