Saturday, March 23, 2013

On tour

It's been a bit quiet from me as I'm on a football tour of northwest Cambodia for three days with Phnom Penh Crown. Internet access wasn't possible until this morning. I'm currently in a casino hotel in no-man's land between the Cambodian and Thailand borders at Poipet. Everything is in baht, all the workers are Khmer but the tourists/gamblers are Thai and when we got back from a game against local opposition this afternoon, we saw the police bus bringing back a shed-load of illegal immigrants, that is a twice daily occurrence I'm told. We left Phnom Penh on Friday morning, early doors, and had a game in Kompong Chhnang in the morning, followed by another match in Pursat in the afternoon. We then headed for Poipet, arriving at 10.30pm and booking into the Genting Crown Casino, just one of many large casino hotels in no-man's land. Tomorrow we leave early for Battambang for another game before we head home in the afternoon. It's Phnom Penh Crown's tour of the northwest provinces, designed to give us some practice matches against local opposition, to bring our team to the attention of the rural population and to make new friends. We've certainly achieved all of those to-date.



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