Saturday, February 16, 2013

In the groove

Naga's Hans (blue/purple) and a deranged looking me, courtesy of Bunsak But
Hectic doesn't quite deliver the last few days I've had. If I'm not working, then I'm in meetings or I'm sleeping, apart from today when I spent the morning watching Phnom Penh Crown play a practice match against AEU, which we lost - I hate to lose anything, including kickabouts - and then this afternoon I put myself through torture, watching perhaps the direst cup final in living memory as Naga finally beat the Army on penalties. Both semi-finals and now the final were decided by spot-kicks. What does that say about the goalscoring prowess, or lack of, amongst the final four teams. At least PPC managed to put three past Kirivong to claim third place after losing to the Army on penalties a few days ago. The picture above was snapped tonight by Bunsak, who is/was a PPC fan and helped design our website but has now gone over to the dark-side, working as a photographer for NagaWorld, hence why he was snapping merrily away as Naga collected the cup for the first time. I'm shaking the hand of Hans, the Naga marketing guy, through gritted teeth of course. PPC were undoubtedly the team of the tournament but we didn't score when it mattered and that's a harsh lesson we had to learn. Earlier today, PPC set some sort of record when one of our Academy youngsters took to the field in a senior team friendly for the last 15 minutes of the game. Seut Baraing is just 13 years and 5 months old. Now that is one helluva record. He didn't look out of place at all. Tomorrow morning Baraing will be back playing for the Crown U-14 team in the brand new youth development league the club are starting, which we hope will get the seal of approval from Prince Ali of Jordan, the FIFA Vice President no less, when he touches down in Phnom Penh first thing. And then tomorrow afternoon is the first PPC Open Day at our training ground in Tuol Kork. We have no idea how many people will turn up but they will all get a chance to play with the senior team and the Academy boys and we'll make the session as enjoyable as we possibly can.



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