Football Federation of Cambodia appoint Prak Sovannara as new head coach

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The Cambodian Football Federation have appointed Prak Sovannara as their new head coach for the second time, after confirming their participation in the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers. He will replace Hok Sochetra, who resigned in October, having failed to guide Cambodia past the AFF Suzuki Cup qualifers..

At the same time, Khiev Phearith, the owner of 3G Filed, has been named as the new team manager, succeeding Van Lynn.

As for the coaching staffs, the experienced trio of Ieng Saknida, Meas Channa and goalkeeping coach Prak Vanny have been appointed as Sovannara’s assistants. Three other staffs are also named in the team as doctor, administrator and media man.

Two months ago, the FFC announced its withdrawal from the regional tournament, citing financial concerns and competitiveness of the tournament as reasons.

Nonetheless, they soon retracted their decision and opted to participate. Cambodia were drawn alongside hosts Philippines, Turkmenistan and Brunei in Group E and a motivated Prak Sovannara is keen to rise to the challenge.

“I’m so happy to be with the national team again. It will be a great challenge for me. It will also be a good atmosphere to work in, with all assistants having the same mindset as me," he said.

“I will try my best for Cambodian football. For now, I have three months to prepare my team. Turkmenistand will be a tough team for us - both technically and physically - as they are the former Soviets. This team has had lots of success in the past.

"The Philippines will also be a difficult team to face with their terrific form in the AFF Suzuki Cup," he added.

Sovannara also stated that he will be looking to meet all his coaching staffs by the end of the year and set up a solid preliminary squad of 30 players.

"I will check also the Cambodian players in abroad, if they want to join the national team, we will test them. We’re opened for the better future of Cambodian football”.

Prak Sovannara, who will replace Hok Sochetra as the head coach, is already a well-entrenched figure in the kingdom. He was the first Cambodian to gain the official "A" license from the ; Asian Football Federation.

During his first spell with the national team in 2008, Prak led Cambodia into the final tournament of the AFF Suzuki Cup for the very first time in their history. After his resignation a year later, Prak went on to led club side Preach Khan Reach to bronze medal in the 2009 Hun Sen Cup.

He then took charge of Naga Corp in the following season. Under Prak, Naga Corp have finished as runners up of the Cambodian League for the past two years, with him also being voted as the best coach of league in 2011.

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