Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Classiest kids on the block

The Phnom Penh Crown team step out in their Kappa sports kit on Sunday
Hats off to Phnom Penh Crown. From the outside looking in, they appear to be the most professional of the C-league teams, but then again everyone believes they have the most money to spend. They are backed by Crown Hotel and Resorts who started up in 1999 on the Thai-Cambodian border at Poipet with the Golden Crown Casino and now have four casino's in operation. Even down to their kit, they look the classiest team on the block. In fact their kit is from the Italian kit supplier Kappa, who also sponsor Roma, Sampdoria, Valencia, Fulham and Portsmouth. The logo on the Kappa kit, known as the Omini, is a silhouette of a man and woman, sitting back to back in the nude. At the start of the season, all the teams had their playing strip supplied by the football federation but Crown ditched theirs after a few games in favour of their more fancy Kappa kit. The only other team in the C-League not wearing their federation-supplied kit are Preah Khan Reach.
Talking of Preah Khan Reach, they took time off from their C-league adventures to pop over to Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday to play the Malaysian U-21 team in a friendly and narrowly lost 4-3. Khuon Laboravy scored twice in the first half and teenage sub Chan Vathanaka also netted but the Malysians were just too strong for them.

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