Friday, January 25, 2013

Making friends

Meeting two of the Prek Kdam football fans, Miss 22 and monkey-boy
One of the things I take pleasure in is when the Phnom Penh Crown Academy team go and play matches in the provinces. A great opportunity for them to spread the football word, to meet new people, and the same goes for me too. The boys are great ambassadors for the club and the idea is to keep their feet on the ground, even though many of them originally come from rural provinces, by retaining contact with their roots. A football apprenticeship is virtually unheard of in Cambodia, even though its a role that many would give their right arm for, so its important that they don't think they are any different/better than their peers. The most recent visit was out to Prek Kdam two weeks ago. This Sunday the Academy have a good opportunity to show their skills to a bigger audience, when they take on the U-16s of Preah Khan Reach at the Olympic Stadium, KO 2pm. Playing at the Olympic will give more football fans the chance to see both teams, with Crown boasting the best U-14s in the country and PKR having the best U-16s. It should be an intriguing battle.
Making friends, the two teams, Crown Academy (blue) and Prek Kdam, before the kick-off

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