Monday, January 2, 2012
PKR compete in Malay
The Malaysian football federation have at last confirmed that Preah Khan Reach, the 3rd best team in last season's Metfone C-League and last term's Hun Sen Cup winners, will compete in the Malaysian FA Cup this coming season. They are due to play their first round match on 18 February, which falls right in the middle of the Hun Sen Cup in Phnom Penh, so there needs to be some accommodation there. Presumably the game will have to be played in Malaysia as well. PKR, also known as Royal Sword and backed by the Military Police, have had an affinity with the country over the last few years, playing a series of friendly games there. PKR are replacing the Harimau Muda B team (the country's U-19 squad who play in the domestic league) as they are involved in competitions in Singapore and Brunei that month. The other foreign team to take part in the Malaysian FA Cup next season will be the LionsXII (effectively their country's U-23 team) from Singapore. Just a snippet for your info: the winners of the Malaysian Super League stand to collect a tidy sum of $235,000 as champions this time around, whilst Phnom Penh Crown picked up a paltry $15,000 as Metfone C-League winners last season. Meanwhile, the top dogs in Thailand will get $315,000, in Vietnam, the champions earn $150,000 and in Singapore, $115,000.