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46. The Hun Sen Cup Final Special

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  Ok, I will leave you in suspense no longer...  The Hun Sen Cup, or Prime Minister's Cup, as it is also known as, is the premier domestic cup competition in Cambodia. For the second time, Electriciti√© Du Cambodg√© have somehow made it to another final and a showdown with bitter rivals, Nagaworld at the Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium. Back in 2021, during the 'Keegan season,' we lost 1-0 to Nagaworld in the Hun Sen Cup Final with rather a whimper. An early goal from their right back, Chatandara meant we were always chasing the game against superior opposition. Sok Chanraksmey then missed a sitter in the final minute of the game with only the keeper to beat, recounting memories (at least for me) of Gordon Smith for Brighton against Man United in the 1983 FA Cup Final. Unfortunately Sok has never quite been the same player since and while still a valued member of the squad, he has fallen down the pecking order as new and younger strikers have taken precedence. It was also rumoured

45. Dead Rubbers

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 There is a whole month before I take on the mighty Nagaworld in the Hun Sen Cup Final, so I am afraid I am going to have to leave you in suspense a little longer, however, the next part will be completely dedicated to the cup final.  Meanwhile there was still plenty to keep us occupied in the run up to the biggest game in EDC's short history as we round off our league campaign. Match 28 Prek Pra v EDC 22/09/23 This is now a one match season. The league is not very important any more, so I’m putting out a more experimental XI against mid-table Prek Pra. Some of our stars are a bit knackered after the cup semi final, but I also wanted to see whether some of our younger and fringe players can cut the mustard at this level, players like Hem Sokha at right back, Rum Sokha a promising young defender who has done well on the odd occasion he has been summoned from the Reserves. Mat Dara has shown in flashes he can also play and gets a start in central midfield. Soun Bath starts as an In

44. A One Match Season

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  The Road To Mondul  Kiri In the Cambodian C-League, most of the football teams, including ourselves are based in the capital, Phnom Penh. One of the exceptions is the newly promoted side, Mondul Kiri who are based 6 hours away from the capital to the east on the Vietnamese border. Cambodia is a deceptively sizable country and six hours equivalent would be like travelling from somewhere like Middlesbrough to London in the UK. This was a proper away day where we would have to travel together as a team on a coach and also take in the beautiful countryside of which this country has to offer, or at least that was what I was doing . It is the largest and most sparsely populated provinces in Cambodia and was badly affected by the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Nowadays it is known for its outstanding natural beauty, rainforest and waterfalls. It is also unfortunately rife with illegal deforestation and loggers who seek to make profit from the area’s natural resources. M