Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Tomorrow I fly to Singapore for a few days with the Phnom Penh Crown football team. We have a 20-man playing squad and five club officials making the trip. We're taking part in the invitation-only Singapore Cup and will play on Thursday evening. This morning we had a meeting to thrash out a few final items before the team will head for the airport tomorrow. I've only been to Singapore once before for some urgent medical treatment, so this time will be more leisurely and linked to my favourite pasttime. It's an important game for Crown as it pits us against one of the very best teams in Singapore and gives us an opportunity to put our name in front of a new audience. Crown are a go-ahead club, we want to make waves in Asia and involvement in competitions like this and the recent AFC President's Cup allows us to do exactly that. We've already qualified for the final rounds of the President's Cup and there are murmurs that the closing stages of that competition may find their way back to Phnom Penh, which would create even larger waves. But first we have a job to do in Singapore. I'll bring you more from the trip in future posts.