Kung Chanvuthy on saving Thong Da’s penalty: My tears dropped

August 30, 2019 - 10:36 AM | អត្ថបទដោយ៖ ពិដោរ កុរច័ន្ទរតនា

Kung Chanvuthy revealed his emotion after he made a perfect save to deny Thong Da’s penalty kick that sends Phnom Penh Crown into the Hun Sen Cup semi-final.

Phnom Penh Crown downed defending champions Ministry of National Defense in the quarter final on penalty shootouts. The Red Singha lost 0-1 to Tep Longrachna’s side in the first leg, but won 2-1 on the return leg at home.

A 2-2 draw on both legs means the quarter final winners were decided by penalty shootouts, in which Kung Chanvuthy became Phnom Penh Crown’s hero as he saved Ministry of National Defense full-back Thong Da’s kick before Va Sokthorn scored to secure a 5-4 penalty shootout victory for the Red Singha.

The Red Singha goalkeeper told ppcfc.com: “I’m very excited after saving Thong Da’s penalty. I was very well-prepared before the game, and I had practiced a lot during the training sessions as I thought that the game would go into the penalty shootouts.

“I am very confident in myself that I could help the team reach the semi-final as I knew I would be able to save the penalties. The coaching staffs and players have faith in me because I did very well during the training prior to the game.

“I tried to read the opponent players’ mind. I had made first three right decisions. I jumped to my left hand side, but couldn’t hit the balls. I think Thong Da might have thought that if he had kicked the ball to my left hand side, I would have saved it.

“I thought he would hit the ball to my right hand side, so I made the right decision and was able to save his penalty kick. I’m proud of the fans because during the penalty kicks they screamed my name. After I had saved that penalty, my tear dropped.

“Our fans are hungry for success, and they have always motivated us to fight during the whole game. It’s a great feeling to win it for them, and no words can describe that.

“It’s not the cup final, but I know what it means for the fans to beat Ministry of National Defense in the quarter final. We made it. Some of them cried, and they cried because of a great excitement after our victory.

“It’s my first time in my football career to help the team reach the semi-final. My tears dropped, and I’m very excited.”

Kung Chanvuthy is confident that Sum Vanna’s side have everything it takes to win the Hun Sen Cup title this season as they will face Boeung Ket, Visakha, or Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng in the Hun Sen Cup semi-final.

The 21-year-old continued: “We will face tough team in the semi-final, so it will be hard and exciting for us. We are ready in term of stamina to do everything it takes to reach the final.

“I think we can challenge for the Hun Sen Cup title as we have a great form recently. We all at the club are working hard, and I am confident that we can win it this season.”