Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ezecom win Challenge

Ezecom win Challenge

Ezecom win Challenge

110607_23
Ezecom’s Kheav Panhrith (right) vies with Bayon Wanderers’ Francois Courtel during the 2011 Bayon Challenge at Old Stadium. Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun

Ezecom’s Kheav Panhrith (right) vies with Bayon Wanderers’ Francois Courtel during the 2011 Bayon Challenge at Old Stadium. Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun

Ezecom took top honours in the 10th Bayon Challenge International Football Tournament after a thrilling 2-1 penalty shootout victory over Hanoi Drink Team in the final at the Old Stadium on Sunday.

The teams were left goalless at the end of regulation time and the first set of three penalties failed to break the deadlock. However, Ezecom kept their nerve in the second batch to record their first major triumph on a football pitch.

At the end of the four-team group phase of the competition, the visiting Hanoi Drink Team topped the table with seven points followed by Apsara on six, Ezecom on 5, and Bayon Wanderers with none.

In the first semifinal, the team from Hanoi beat Bayon Wanderers 2-0, while Ezecom and Apsara played out a 0-0 draw, a repeat of their group clash. With pitch time at a premium, penalties were cancelled and the organisers decided that Ezecom deserved a place in the final. The third place playoff between Apsara and Bayon was also cut due to time constraints and will now be played at 2pm this Sunday at Old Stadium.

Controversy surrounding the previous choice of venue at the 7NG grounds had sparked late withdrawals from Saigon Saints and Wing with rights groups raising issues of land grabbing at the site. Four teams remained committed despite the debate still raging, with the organisers forced to switch back to Old Stadium for just a single day’s play as opposed to the traditional two-day affair.

“We are thankful for the support from all our sponsors like Phoenix Security, Tiger Beer, Coca Cola, Dan’s Meat, Dimensions UPVC Windows and Doors, SOS Medical Clinic and JBCF,” event organiser Billy Barnaart told the Post yesterday.

The 62-year-old Dutchman also expressed his intent to restore the Bayon Challenge to its former glory. “What happened is unfortunate. We will hold another tournament as good as the ones we have organised over the last 10 years,” he said, adding that next year’s edition would be slated for the first week of June.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all