Sunday, June 20, 2010

On the telly

This screen-capture shows my involvement, as one of the match photographers, wearing white shirt and shorts. I'm not too happy about how my legs look on tv!
Apparently I'm on Cambodian television every weekend. I was informed of this by a friend who religiously watches the live football coverage from the Olympic Stadium produced by the CTN channel every Saturday. I hadn't seen any of it until I was channel-hopping on Sunday evening and saw that CTN were replaying the whole of this weekend's match between the Army and Kirivong. And there I was, in all my glory, wandering around the touchline before the game like a kid left alone in a sweet shop. Actually I was taking a few snaps of the team line-ups for my blog but I stand out like a sore thumb as I'm usually the only white guy involved and I'm the only non-player wearing shorts. I've been on the television a few times since I moved to live in Cambodia, but I wasn't aware of my weekly 'football soap opera' role until recently.

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Anonymous eric said...

What a contrast with the big games in S-Africa... :-)

June 21, 2010 at 9:13 AM  
Anonymous James said...

They have been running this local football on CTN for over a month now so probably a couple of million people have seen yous mug!

June 21, 2010 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Eric...what big game in S-Africa? You are obviously talking about the wild animals in the country's national parks...right?

James - wow that many people watch the football on CTN. I must get a job as one of their pundits. It could catapult me back to the UK to work on Match of the Day! Ah actually, that's the last thing I would want to happen.


June 21, 2010 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Actually I must ask my friend why he sits at home watching the football on CTN every Saturday afternoon, instead of getting his butt down to the Olympic Stadium to watch the matches in person. He probably doesn't want to pay the 2,000 riel admission charge for sitting in the main stand, out of the hot sun and more recently, torrential rain. I'm a pro-live football over armchair football any day of the week type person.

June 21, 2010 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Another quick snippet is from the Prek Pra game on Saturday.
The match ended in controversy as the referee sent off Prek Pra's favourite player. The fans of Prek Pra who vociferously support their team each week, made their feelings known against the match officials. Then the loudest of them spotted me near the touchline and turned his attention to calling for "Fair Play for Prek Pra" and "get the foreigner to make sure Prek Pra get treated fairly". The Prek Pra fans lapped it up and loudly clapped and cheered their ringleader, whilst I looked on non-plussed.
Only after a friend translated what he was shouting did I get his drift.
As if I can make any difference!

June 21, 2010 at 3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look at you in the screen image from TV. You are smart and handsome photographer.


June 21, 2010 at 7:52 PM  
Anonymous eric said...

Well A...,
If you mean the English squad...
Yes, lost somewhere in the wrong park.
Rooney might end up in Phnom Penh's Olympic Stadium someday.... as a ball boy! :-)

June 21, 2010 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

you are most welcome on this blog anytime :-)

June 22, 2010 at 9:11 AM  

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