Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Boris on the roster

Boris Kok in the colours of FC Toul
Take 2. Phnom Penh Crown have signed up their second French-Khmer player in as many days with the addition of 21-year-old offensive midfielder Boris Kok, another player who featured in the recent Khmer-Europe touring party, and who also came over with the Khmer-French team in November 2010. Boris successfully trialled with Crown last week and was snapped up by head coach Sam Schweingruber who commented; "Boris has impressed during the try out with his advanced understanding of the game, commitment to work hard and shown his leadership potential which will make him an important player for PPCFC… he will be coming in for extra training shifts next week to become match fit as he's not trained regularly for the last few months." Though born in Nancy, his parents hail from Kompong Cham and Battambang. He began playing youth football with Tomblaine before continuing his youth development at AS Nancy Lorraine, Jarville JF, US Vandoeuvre, FC Toul and Nancy Olympic. Whilst at high school, his team won the French championships and they went onto represent France in the Schools World Cup in Chile. Boris had this to say; "I want to have a better understanding of football here in Cambodia. The conditions here are very different. The weather of course, but also the infrastructure and the game itself. I want to bring what I've learned in France and gain more experience in very challenging conditions. I hope to be successful with Crown and possibly get a chance to defend the honour of the Cambodian national team."

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