Monday, October 4, 2010

Talent spotting

Crown coach Bouy Dary explaining the process to the youngsters at this morning's trial
I got up earlier than usual today to get along to the start of the football trials taking place at Olympic Stadium for Phnom Penh Crown's new football academy. Over 100 youngsters had gathered on the pitch, a nightmare for the coaches if you ask me, to show off their talents in the hope of being spotted and offered the chance to join the PPC's residential academy for under 13's, that will begin next month. The first rung on the ladder to becoming a professional footballer. The boys who went along this morning all harboured that same dream and were keen to show the coaches that they have what it takes. Most of the boys already play for local teams and came along in their club colours. A few just turned up on spec and then quite a few more appeared, even though they were over the age-limit or much too young to be considered. The television cameras also popped along to record the action. An exciting morning for the youngsters. The PPC coaches meanwhile will head out into the provinces tomorrow, as they spend much of this month on the road searching for the most talented young players in the country.
One newsworthy item I forgot to mention was that the name of the 2nd music maestro who will be treading the boards at the forthcoming Mekong Sessions concerts at the Olympic Stadium came out on Friday night. And there's no prizes for guessing that the veteran balladeer Bob Dylan will be 'blowing in the wind' in Phnom Penh sometime around April 2011, pending any last minute hitches. It's been an open secret that he was the likely follow-up to Leonard Cohen, who'll be kicking off the Sessions on 27 November. Personally, I'm waiting to hear when Nana Mouskouri will be coming over, afterall she's from the same era as Cohen and Dylan and has sold upwards of 300 million discs, considerably more than the other two combined.

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