Sunday, May 15, 2011

In the media

A busy weekend as usual. On Saturday morning we hosted a press conference, that is the football club I work for as media officer, Phnom Penh Crown, at the Phnom Penh Hotel, primarily to let the local Khmer press, television and print media, have details of the forthcoming AFC President's Cup competition. It starts next weekend and Phnom Penh Crown will represent Cambodia, as the league champions, against the national champions of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Kyrgyzstan. It's the biggest international club tournament ever held in Cambodia, hence the press conference. It all went pretty well and hopefully we'll have got the message out to the masses. We have also put together a television commercial, with the legendary singer Preap Sovath helping us out, and which will be on on local tv next week to shore up the message. Yesterday afternoon, at the Olympic Stadium, the Crown team did the business against BBU, winning 3-0 despite a thunderstorm, to keep their lead at the top of the table. Job done nicely and confidence high going into the big tournament next week. Last night I watched the FA Cup Final as well as Man U clinch the Barclays title.
The Crown Academy boys, playing the game the right way
This morning I was up early to get to the football club's training center in Tuol Kork to watch the Academy U13 boys in action. They were taking part in the ongoing Indochina Starfish competition and were up against their arch rivals Preah Khan Reach. I arrived a minute after kick-off and the game was already being played at a frenetic pace with the Crown Academy team passing the ball with precision and deservedly leading 1-0 at the interval. PKR had a few older and bigger boys in their team and weren't afraid to dish out some of the rough stuff, with one of their players seeing a red card late on and a few others getting yellows. The Academy kept their cool and ran out 3-1 winners, avenging a 5-2 defeat earlier in the competition. They were ecstatic. Yue Muslim netted twice with En Sodavid grabbing the other. The Crown boys have now won eight matches and lost two in the Starfish league, and are a joy to watch. All of the first team squad were on the sidelines cheering them onto victory. Now it's back for a rest and off to more football this afternoon and then Chanmoly's wedding party this evening at Koh Pich. I'm looking forward to that.

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