Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Chonburi interlude

With Dany, the team manager - courtesy of Chonburi FC
Spent Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in Thailand, Chonburi to be precise. No-one bothers with Chonburi, which is an hour plus south of Bangkok, but we did as the Phnom Penh Crown Academy were playing their final match of their Asia U-16 competition. We lost 1-0 to the home team, the competition faves, on Monday night, but we put up a bloody good fight and I am proud of the youngsters for the battling qualities they showed. Especially after Chonburi beat us 8-3 at our place last week. Well treated by our Thai hosts and the AirAsia flights, one of the competition sponsors, were spot on. The Crown Academy have now finished their matches, ending up in third place in a table of five teams, all from different countries. A much better showing than last year and with 4 wins in their 10 games, the boys did particularly well away from home. The picture shows me in a rather concerned looking pose at the manager's meeting before the game.
The boys and staff before we leave for Thailand



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