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Korean coach takes the reins of Kingdom's national team

The list of probables:
GOALKEEPERS: Samreth Seiha, Sou Yati (National Defence Ministry), Peng Bunchhay (Phnom Penh Crown), Ouk Mikh (Preah Khan Reach).

DEFENDERS: Rang Borin , Pheak Rady, Khek Khemarin (MND), Nhim Sovanara, Ring Bunheang (Build Bright United), Touch Sok Heng, Sos Nasieat (Kirivong Sok Sen Chey), Tieng Tiny, Chan Dara, Sun Sophana (Phnom Penh Crown), Lay Rasmey, San Narith, Sok Rithy (Preah Khan Reach )

MIDFIELDERS: Ieng Piseth, Soung Vireak, Phoung Sok Sana (MND), Prum Puth Sethy, Chhun Sothearath (BBU), In Vichheka (KSSC), Kim Chanbunrith (Naga Corp), Sok Chanrasmey, Khuon Laboravy, Tum Saray (PKR)

FORWARDS: Khim Borey, Sin Dalin (MND), Nuth Sinoun (BBU), Samuth Dalin, Kouch Sokumpheak (Khemara Keila), Teab Vathanak, Kop Isa (Naga Corp), Keo Sokgnon, Sok Pheng (PPC), Long Nasy (Ministry of Interior)

THE Football Federation of Cambodia unveiled newly appointed national head coach Lee Tae-hoon (Sejin Yeo) of South Korea on Tuesday, entrusting him with 37 probable players to kick-start the Kingdom’s regional campaign in October’s Suzuki Cup in Laos.

At an interaction session with the national team hopefuls, the 38-year-old Lee Tae-hoon, who was twice in charge of the Korean women’s A teams, besides being a sturdy midfielder for a local club in his playing days, his first impression was that Cambodian football needed “some crucial adjustments in technique for its ability to show”.

The Korean tactician, who arrived here late Friday night and sat through the season-ending finale between Phnom Penh Crown and Preah Khan Reach the next day, called upon the new outfit to prioritise health and fitness. “The healthier you are, the more refreshing mind you have for good football,” Lee Tae-Hoon said through an interpreter.

“The Language is no barrier because the language of football is universal. I may not know a word of Khmer, but that should not come in the way at all. I can see that some of the players are capable, but their approach and technique needs to be sharpened up.”

“Initially, we picked 35 players but after watching the final, the head coach suggested that we add Tum Saray of Preah Khan Reach to the list. So we have 36, and these players will start training from tomorrow until August 29, when the number will be pruned down to 25,” said Ouk Sethycheat, general secretary of the FFC.

The coach will be taking the Cambodian national team of 25 and five officials on a 45-day training trip to Vietnam, where local side Haong Anh Gia Lai will host friendly match-ups. The team will then return to Phnom Penh before flying to Laos for the Suzuki Cup.

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