Fun with Visas
|Mony and Malen in a scene from Ruin|
Talking of visas, I'm expecting my Chinese visa to arrive any minute, as I'm scheduled to fly to Guangzhou, in southern Chinaland, this coming Friday. I'll be with the Phnom Penh Crown Academy team, 18-players and 3 coaches, and me, as we begin the Asia U-16 Champions Trophy competition on Saturday. The boys will play at the 58,000-seat capacity Tianhe Stadium, if we're lucky, at 4pm on Saturday against Guangdong FA, the team representing the whole province of the same name, the most populous region of China, with 105 million inhabitants. Blinkin heck. The game will be live on local television and we get back to Phnom Penh early Monday morning. I've never been to China, and though Guangzhou isn't top of anyone's sightseeing list, it will be fascinating to see how they approach their football in comparison to tiny Cambodia (total population 14 million) and us at Crown. Guangzhou is also home to Chinese Super League club Evergrande, the most monied club in Asia and they play their home matches at Tianhe. It promises to be an eye-opener in more ways than one.