Taing Sopheak revealed his team’s commitment as the key that helped Angkor Tiger demolish Phnom Penh Crown 4-0 at the RSN Stadium last weekend.
The 24-year-old scored one goal for the Siem Reap-based club in the thrashing of Phnom Penh Crown as he headed home brilliantly into the top corner after receiving a beautiful ball from Pov Phearith’s free-kick.
Angkor Tiger could have made the most remarkable second-leg come-back in the history of the Hun Sen Cup as they bounced back from a 3-0 defeat at home in the first leg to down Phnom Penh Crown 4-1 on the return leg before beating the two-time Hun Sen Cup winners on the penalty shootouts to reach the semi-finals.
After a stunning come-back win, the No. 10 praised Angkor Tiger coach Oriol Mohedano and management team for their hard work to lift the team’s spirit and commitment before the second-leg tie with Phnom Penh Crown.
Taing Sopheak, whose primary position is a midfielder, has been deployed as a forward by Coach Oriol Mohedano, and he is also grateful to his coach for his faith in him, while he is committed to working hard to help the club finish the league in a good position.
Taing Sopheak told TheMorning: “As everyone knows Phnom Penh Crown are not an easy team to beat, but we had a strong commitment to beat them. We worked hard together in the team to get three points from them without conceding any goal.
“We lost 0-3 in the Hun Sen Cup first leg, so our team spirit was low before the second leg. The coach had urged us to work harder to get a good result, and he tried to boost our team spirit. Finally, we got the incredible result.
“Our management team and coaching staff have encouraged us to have a high concentration into the games. We have a training camp, and we live together. This is why we have been doing a great job in our last five league games [three wins and two draws].
“My primary role is a midfielder, but the coach has played me in the attack. I am very happy with this role, so I must try hard to maintain my place in the first team.
“We target an appropriate league position to make everyone happy, so we need to continue our hard work in the next games.”
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