‘My players are raring to go’ – Colum Curtis on how ready Visakha for the restart of MCL
មាស សុផាណារ៉ុង June 10, 2020
Phnom Penh៖ The Metfone Cambodian League (MCL) will resume early next month, and Colum Curtis believes Visakha are more than ready and can’t wait to play their first match after the league suspension.
Cambodia’s top flight had passed Week 5 before the Coronavirus pandemic that saw the league suspended, and all the remaining matches are set to occur behind the closed doors.
Colum Curtis, who was named Visakha coach this season, said it is a strange experience to play football without supporters at the stadium, but insisted that human’s safety is the top priority.
Colum Curtis told camsports.org: “My players are raring to go, and we could play tomorrow if we needed to. The players are motivated and training well. They all want to be in the line-up in our first game [after league suspension], and it is showing each day in training with the level of application and commitment the players are giving.
“I am very happy that the league will resume in July. It’s been a difficult time for everyone, and I feel bringing football back in a safe manner will give some joy to the football fans of Cambodia.
“The team is training really well. My players trained hard from home during the isolation time. They had a fitness regime to stick to so that they were ready to train 100% when they return. I can never fault any of my players as they give me maximum effort every day.
“Although fans are not allowed into the stadium, I am sure they are very excited to watch us play. I think this is a view shared by football fans worldwide.
“We are very lucky in Cambodia that we can get games back underway, whilst other countries in South East Asia remain having no football. It will be a strange experience playing with no fans, but I understand the safety must remain a priority. I hope everyone stays safe and can enjoy the games on television.”
By: Sophak Huy