Thursday, July 23, 2009

Metfone on the line

The Cambodian football federation (FFC) has joined forces with mobile telephone supplier Metfone in a sponsorship deal worth $1.5million over the next three years. Increasing interest from sponsors is great news all round, for the FFC, the clubs and the fans. Okay, so the name of the CPL will become the Metfone C-League for next season but that's a small price to pay as some of the funding will go towards relocating the National Football Center as well as funding the U-19 and U-23 squads. The current football headquarters is a 1-pitch facility southwest of the capital, whilst plans for the new location include 4 pitches on a 52 hectare site in the Bati district, about 40 kms from Phnom Penh. The FFC was previously sponsored by a South Korean technology company and now the Vietnam-based company who own Metfone have come to the party. If I was being picky, it would be nice to have some Cambodian sponsors involved, but beggars can't be choosers in the current financial climate.
Also on the football front, an AFC C-Licence course for coaches was completed on Monday,and 70% of the 30 Cambodian coaches passed the required standard. Cambodia's only A-Licence coach, Prak Sovannara was in charge of the 2-week theory and practical sessions and said he was "delighted at the commitment of the Khmer coaches" who took part. Better qualified coaches will be the springboard for better quality footballers of the future in my view. On the subject of players of the future, the national coach Scott O'Donell has been holding twice-weekly trials for the U-23 squad that will travel to Laos for the SEA Games in December. And he's been very impressed with the 35 or so players that have turned up at 6am at the National Football Center for the sessions. He wants to select his squad soon, as some of the players will also be representing Cambodia in the U-19 championships in Vietnam next month.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to METFONE company for help to develop Cambodia football League.

But i really disagree with Cambodia Football Federation to change League name from Cambodia Premier League to METFONE C-LEAGUE. Because, Our Football league name shouldn't change everyday, everytime. It makes our leagues is not professional. We should make our CPL name is very expensive and unique.

We should find other way to thank METFONE company like on Our national team T-shirt will print METFONE logo, ask our best football player to make commercial spot for METFONE for free....etc. There are many way to thank to METFONE.


July 24, 2009 at 9:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is not a problem..Just Metfone Cambodia Premierleague 2010-11. because he is the big sponsor..doing this to get or promote more big sponsor..dont u see Cocacola championship, or Barclays English premierleauge..Barclays is the name of England Bank..

November 11, 2009 at 3:57 AM  

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