Sou Yaty on losing his place as Cambodia’s first-option goalkeeper to Keo Soksela

មាស សុផាណារ៉ុង September 10, 2019


Phnom Penh៖ Sou Yaty has likely lost his place as Cambodia’s first-option goalkeeper to Keo Soksela as the Visakha goalkeeper made three consecutive starts in Cambodia’s three FIFA World Cup qualifiers matches against Pakistan on home and away and Hong Kong at home.

The Nagaworld goalkeeper, however, didn’t feel frustrated after he was benched during Cambodia’s 1-1 draw with Hong Kong in their Group C opener in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers second round.

Sou Yaty didn’t receive a call-up during Cambodia’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers first round, with the goalkeeper, who has won Cambodian League titles with three different clubs, pointing out that he was left out due to injury.

The 27-year-old also praises Keo Soksela for his confidence and improvement in recent 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with Cambodia National Team.

Sou Yaty told “I don’t feel upset or disappointed as it is a new challenge. I have a great experience with the national team, but after Honda [and Felix] took over the team, I got injured and missed a lot of national team games.

“[Keo] Soksela can understand the coach’s tactic well, but for me I’m new to this. This could be what that makes me lose my place. Soksela has been with the team for long, so he can understand the team tactic. He is also good with his leg.

“I’m not sure if I will start against Bahrain, but Soksela has shown a good performance in the recent games. He looks very confident, so he may start this evening as I have not understood the team tactic well yet.

“I didn’t get the call-up during Cambodia’s FIFA World Cup first round clashes with Pakistan, and I think maybe I had just recovered from my injury. However, I don’t feel disappointed at all because I think he [Keo Soksela] is a quality goalkeeper, and I’m very happy for him.”


By: Sophak Huy