Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Our goal achieved

PPC coach Bojan Hodak looking like he means business, whilst I appear to be carrying a 'man bag'
The festival of football that was the AFC President's Cup has finished. Cambodia's best team, Phnom Penh Crown achieved their goal of qualifying for the competition finals to be played in September. Even though they lost their final match this afternoon to the Kyrgyzstan champs, Neftchi, who also happen to be the cup favourites. Crown went down 1-nil to a late goal in a pretty turgid affair, as both teams had already qualified so didn't exactly bust a gut in what was a formality. It should've been a draw to be honest. So it's now off to an Asian country, yet to be decided, for the finals. There is even talk of staging the finals here in Phnom Penh. We shall see. A latecomer to the match today was my favourite female Khmer singer Meas Soksophea, who snuck in behind dark sunglasses and watched the last thirty minutes of the match. We'll have to get her to sing the Crown song, when we get one, in fact, how about a duet with Preap Sovath. Despite the loss, everyone was upbeat that we've qualified, in addition to how well the whole competition went, the first of its kind to be held here. The matches, the music, the media, the merchandise, all the m's and everything associated with the tournament was a success. We'll have to do it again some time.
I'm off to Laos in the early hours of tomorrow to attend the Mekong Tourism Forum in Pakse, in southern Laos. Apparently, I'm going to be one of the speakers, and our company will have a booth at the event. So I'd better get my notes prepared. We'll be going up by mini-van, across country, so it ain't going to be a bed of roses. I then need to get back sometime Saturday as Crown are playing again just after lunch the next day. So all pretty rushed. It may mean that the blog will be a bit quiet for a few days, depending on internet access.

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