Thursday, July 7, 2011

Campbell's new home

The second round of the Metfone C-League kicked-off yesterday at Olympic Stadium. I didn't attend the game but there was a new face in charge of one of the teams, namely Scottish-born coach Jimmy Campbell, better known as the man who runs the team that Cambodia has entered into the Homeless World Cup for the last couple of years, not to mention one of his hobbies, teaching salsa dancing. As a player he trialled with Dundee, Motherwell, Charlton Athletic and Northampton Town and played at junior level in Scotland. He first arrived in Cambodia in 1994 before moving to Australia two years later. As coach at the NGO, Happy Football Cambodia-Australia, it's been the latest in a series of coaching opportunities over the past 15 years where he's operated in Europe, Australia and Cambodia before taking up his new position with Chhlam Samuth in the C-League. How he finds the time I'm not quite sure. Unfortunately for him and his team, they were up against Preah Khan Reach in his first game and predictably suffered a 3-0 reversal with national players Tum Saray and Khuon Laboravy netting before half-time and Chea Samnang adding a third just after the restart. PKR move into third place in the league table while Campbell will have his work cut out in steering Chhlam Samuth away from the relegation zone. The pick of this weekend's matches sees leaders Phnom Penh Crown entertain bottom-club Rithysen on Saturday (4pm) and then Sunday, Naga meet the revitalized Prek Pra (also 4pm).

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