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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Young man's game
Kim Chanbunrith of Naga Corp, still going strong at 31 years of age
I'm intrigued to find just two players over 30 years of age playing in this season's Metfone C-League competition. That's simply an amazing statistic, considering the age that some players now go on until in the Barclays Premier League for example. Yet whatever they put in the water in Cambodia, few players carry on at the top level past their mid to late 20s. The two 'old-timers' currently in the C-League both play for Naga Corp, the runaway league leaders. Maybe that says something for having experienced heads in your squad. They are Kim Chanbunrith, the former national team captain and utility player, and centre-half Neang Chenla. Both of them are 31 years old. The only other player who will be 30 later this year and currently playing is Srey Veasna, the Phnom Penh Crown striker. And that's it as far as I'm aware, out of the ten teams and 276 registered players, just 2 are over 30 years of age - a staggering fact.
Naga's other 31 year old, centre-half Neang Chenla