Sum Vanna on yesterday’s win over G.C National Police and the performance of Seng Saravuth and Mustafa Zazai

August 19, 2019 - 11:39 AM | Post by ពិដោរ កុរច័ន្ទរតនា

Phnom Penh Crown defeated G.C National Police 3-2 at the EDC Stadium yesterday to secure double Cambodian League wins over Prak Sovannara’s side on home and away matches.

Dzarma Bata put Phnom Penh Crown in front in the twenty-fifth minute of the play, but five minutes later Souza Matheus equalized for the home side.

Mustafa Zazai’s second-half strike restored Phnom Penh Crown’s lead before Yeu Muslim extended the Red Singha’s lead to 3-1, but Souza Matheus bagged his second goal from the penalty spot to reduce the deficit as the visitors ran out 3-2 winners.

Following a narrow win, Sum Vanna praised G.C National Police for their improvement in both defense and counter attack, but raised his concerns over his side’s defense.


The Phnom Penh Crown caretaker manager told “They played well, and they gave us a tougher game than the game we defeated them at home. They defended well, and their counter attack was also effective. It’s not an easy game for us.

“We are not playing well in our recent games both in the Cambodian League and Hun Sen Cup, but we always give our best. They [G.C National Police] did well in their last few games, and their foreign striker often scored. We, thus, needed to be careful in the midfield.

“They played well from the wing, and it’s dangerous, too. During the game, they tried to play long balls, so it looked less effective. I think if they had played more from the wing, they would have created a lot of troubles for us.

“Our attack is great, but we need to improve our midfield and defense. We made some mistakes with our defense and goalkeeper. It won’t take long to solve the problems if our players are working harder and put more concentration during the training.

“The pitch and the weather are not the problems for both sides, but it’s all about the mentality during the game. If we try to defend after we score, it seems we give a chance to the opponents to score.”

Seng Saravuth made his first league start after joining with Phnom Penh Crown in the second half of the 2019 Cambodian League; meanwhile, Mustafa Zazai scored an important goal for Sum Vanna’s side.

Sum Vanna lauded the duo for their understanding of the match, but insisted that Seng Saravuth needs more time and experience to make him a better player.

Sum Vanna said: “He [Seng Saravuth] did well and applied what we had planned, but he needs to understand the team performance more. I think he needs more time to get experience. He will improve, of course.

“[Mustafa] Zazai did a great job as he understood the game well. He is a smart player and can understand how to play in each game.

“I have no ideas [on referee’s decisions] as this happens a lot, and each coach is aware of this. This is just a message. Our league is more challenging, so it requires the referees to improve. We need to improve together.”