Friday, October 29, 2010

Back to school

The successful PUC line-up: LtoR [Back row]; Khim Borey, Bouy Dary, Khuon Laboravy, Sok Rithy, Lorn Sotheara, Rang Borin; [Front row] Phea Vipoup, Lay Raksmey, Sou Yaty, Keo Kosal, Lay Vathanak.
I don't have the full details yet but there's an educational institutions cup competition in Cambodia where some of the country's best C-League players turn out for different university teams, risking injury, etc, during the C-League season. I think it's tied to getting a scholarship to study at a particular university, as well as bringing glory to the campus if the team is successful. However, I don't really think that professional players should be representing their university whilst they are contracted to their clubs and in the middle of the regular season. Or am I just being a killjoy? Anyway, the 2010 National Football Championships involved 24 teams from higher educational institutions, technical colleges and provincial teacher training centers. Pannasastra University of Cambodia (PUC) came out on top after a sequence of six successful games, as follows: Prey Veng Pedagogy Center 17-0, University of Health and Science 1-0, Institute for Business Education 4-2, Norton University 4-0 [during the group stage], Asia Europe University 1-0 [semi final], and Svay Rieng University 4-0 in the final. Now when you look at their line-up, you can see why they won the competition, with no less than a dozen members of the international squad including Khim Borey, Keo Sokngorn, Sou Yaty, Khuon Laboravy and more alongwith others such as national youth coaches Bouy Dary and Ieng Saknida. Quite a formidable line-up and one that virtually guaranteed PUC success this season.

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