Sunday, January 30, 2011

Football comes first

With football returning to Phnom Penh last week and this weekend, it's been live matches at Olympic Stadium for much of Saturday and Sunday for me. I'm just home after watching two more matches that wrapped up the last 16 round of the Hun Sen Cup, with all of the fancied teams getting through to the quarter-finals. They won't be played for three weeks though as Cambodia has two international matches in the interim and so players are given the time off to represent their country. I met up with a couple of the national team players this morning for a coffee and a chat as I'm currently penning a magazine for Phnom Penh Crown - I'm the club's media officer - and both players play for the club and the nation. I picked their brains as to their careers to-date and their hopes and fears for Cambodian football in general. With the matches finishing after 6pm I wasn't able to get along to either Jim Laurie's lecture at Raffles or the Anjali House book launch. However, first thing tomorrow morning I'm scheduled to make a visit to the Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA) and in particular the faculty of choreographic arts and music on the outskirts of the city. I asked one of the RUFA teachers, Savin, who I've known for a few years, if I could take a look at the youngsters learning the ropes of both classical dance and folk dance and got the thumbs up, so I'm looking forward to that.

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