Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I'm off to a Stan

I'm off to Dushanbe in September. Where the heck is that, you might ask? It's the capital of one of the Stans, Tajikistan to be precise. It's a Central Asian Republic, 90% mountainous, population 7 million and they broke free from Russian control in 1991 and then headed straight into civil war. It's quiet now but the area is volatile. I'm heading that way with my football club, Phnom Penh Crown, who have reached the final stages of the AFC President's Cup, and the news came through today that they will be held in a country that is bordered by Afghanistan, two other Stans and China. Cambodia threw their hat into the ring to host the finals, between 24-30 September, but the AFC suits decided that Dushanbe would be the venue. Hence my visit to Central Asia. The word 'interesting' readily springs to mind.

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