Thursday, May 17, 2012

Final game for U-14s

I hope to announce the Cambodian U-14 national team this weekend, ahead of the youngsters leaving for the AFC Festival of Football in Kinabalu, Malaysia on 27 May and returning on 4 June. National coach Bouy Dary will leave a couple of days earlier to prepare for the arrival of his 22-strong squad, with the players selected from four clubs, Phnom Penh Crown, Preah Khan Reach, Prek Kdam and National Defense. The squad will have their final practice match this Sunday morning at the RSN Stadium in Tuol Kork, against Prek Kdam U-15s at 8.30am. The festival is aimed at instilling love of the game among young players and honing their basic skills instead of being a win-lose tournament. For example, the results of the four regional festivals that have already taken place in Qatar, Pakistan, China and Nepal have not been made public. There are twelve nations joining the South East Asia regional series in Malaysia with Brunei, Indonesia, Laos, Australia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam joining the hosts and Cambodia. It promises to be a great experience for the young men and it's no secret that the majority of the squad will come from Bouy Dary's own Phnom Penh Crown Academy, who have already tasted international competition in Singapore and Vietnam.

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