Va Sokthorn on Leonardo Vitorino: It’s all about time and trust

April 24, 2019 - 11:36 AM | Post by ណាវឌ្ឍន៍

Va Sokthorn is confident that Leonardo Vitorino will succeed at Phnom Penh Crown as he also insists that the Brazilian head coach needs time to transform the six-time champions of Cambodia.

Leonardo Vitorino has a tough start as the head coach of the Red Singha in his first Metfone Cambodian League season, with Phnom Penh Crown securing only three points from their first four matches.

Phnom Penh Crown lost 2-3 to Boeung Ket in their opening league match before beating Bati Youth U18 2-0. The Phnom Penh-based club were then beaten twice in a row as they went down 3-1 to Visakha and 5-1 against Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng last week.

Despite a tough start to the new league season, Va Sokthorn has no doubt about the Brazilian’s style of coaching as he believes that the 45-year-old head coach will be able to turn thing around.

“The current coach needs time to exploit what he has within the team, but personally I think he can achieve big things here. It’s all about time and trust,” the 31-year-old told

“We are all in a difficult situation as it is very hard to make a big season just soon. The coach does his best to put us in the best condition on the match day and throughout the week.

“In football, we know that when the results are negative, the first person to blame is the coach. I think it is too early to judge a person who arrives at a rebuilding club, so it is not easy for anyone to coach and rebuild a team with new players and a very young group.

“Every day, I’m feeling good in every training session. His training is coordinated and accurate. The staff respects the ethic of the club and tries to improve our game from time to time. Moreover, Leonardo has a good approach towards the players as he communicates a lot, and his speech is always coherent.”

Phnom Penh Crown’s next league fixture will be against Asia Euro United at the Smart RSN Stadium this Sunday as they look to grab their first victory at home.