Saturday, August 21, 2010

Crown take the honours

Tieng Tiny, Phnom Penh Crown's national defender, shares his medal winning success with his lovely daughter, who accompanied her daddy onto the podium
You have to feel a bit for the footballers who played in today's Cambodian football league championship final. The game kicked off at 2pm in front of a pretty sizeable crowd and under a scorching hot sun. Television coverage dictated the kick-off time and its a pity that the season's finale should be played in such testing conditions for the players. Phnom Penh Crown won as everyone expected they would, though Preah Khan made them fight all the way for it and the 4-3 scoreline reflects how closely fought the final was. It was a fitting climax to the kingdom's football campaign, watched over by the new national team coach who arrived last night from South Korea. Everything went without a hitch, the game was played in good spirits, both teams brought large sections of supporters with them who made a lot of noise and injected lots of youthful enthusiasm into the proceedings. We even had a military band playing as the cups and medals were presented. It doesn't get much more traditional than that. You can tell the players watch the cup finals from overseas as Tieng Tiny carried his small daughter onto the podium with him to collect his winners medal. Nice touch from the best local-born defender in the competition and that's one of the reasons Crown were successful, they had the kingdom's best players in key positions, notably Tieng Tiny, Sun Sopanha and Keo Sokngorn. Roll on next season, though in the meantime, the Cambodian national team will play important Suzuki Cup matches in Laos in October. You can keep up to date on Cambodian football here.
Ever wondered who got all the medals and certificates ready for these types of events, well wonder no more. Here are the ladies that do.



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