Wednesday, March 23, 2011

It's official

Signing on the dotted line for Phnom Penh Crown FC
The Asian Football Confederation take things very seriously. Phnom Penh Crown and the Cambodian Football Federation will host the AFC President's Cup in May and six matches will be played at the Olympic Stadium here in Phnom Penh over a period of five days beginning 21 May. The President's Cup is for AFC's emerging nations and the country champions from Cambodia, obviously, as well as Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Kyrgyzstan will meet in Phnom Penh. It's one of the most important football competitions ever to be held here. To prepare for the tournament, all the club officials with Crown must submit a copy of their passport, a copy of their signed contract and any certificates confirming their qualifications, where applicable. They haven't asked for our shoe sizes yet but I'm convinced they will. Hence the picture above is me signing my contract with Crown as their media officer. It's a really exciting time to be associated with the football club as the president and everyone else is committed to upping the professionalism of football in Cambodia, with Crown firmly leading the way in every conceivable fashion, from the senior team to the academy boys to the backroom staff on the touchlines. We've just had confirmation that the two matches that will be played on the three matchdays during the President's Cup competition will kick-off at 2pm and 4pm.

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