Monday, February 13, 2012
I have now heard from two sources that the Metfone C-League will kick-off on Saturday 3 March. That's under 3 weeks away. But still no formal comment from the football federation. That in itself is an indictment of how poorly professional football is administered in this country. Everyone and their dog should be aware of when a country's top league will start, months in advance, with a full fixture list, taking into account international match-days, etc. Fat chance of that here. We had two weeks notice of the Hun Sen Cup competition, which they then squeezed into twelve days making it less than the country's FA Cup and more like a pre-season kickabout tournament, and that was after the FFC requested players miss their teams' pre-season preparation to join national squad training ahead of a worthless U-21 tournament in Brunei. Now the word is that the Cambodian League season will begin at the start of March, which in itself, would be incredibly stupid given that the Cambodia U-21 squad will play in Brunei on 2 and 4 March, either side of the supposed start date. Not even the FFC would schedule their start date in the middle of an international competition...or would they? Nothing surprises me anymore. The fact that we've been waiting to hear when the C-League campaign would get underway for the past few months, and then a date less than three weeks hence gets touted around, just about sums up what we've come to expect from those in charge of football in Cambodia. Despite rumours that the FFC have agreed to undo the ban on two players, deemed ineligible for the Hun Sen Cup, there has been no official word yet. So I'm still unable to bring you confirmation that it's true.