Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Success in Singapore

Hats off to the winning U-15 Girls team from Cambodia
It's not often that Cambodian football can report a success on foreign soil. So hats off to the squad of sixteen Cambodian girls, all in the U-15 age range, who went to Singapore this week, under the tutelage of Phnom Penh Crown's head coach Sam Schweingruber, and recorded a 3-0 success. Goals from Sopheavy (2) and skipper Kimhoeng. And if to add insult to injury against their highly-rated opponents, it was against the Singapore U-17 national team as well. Sam tells me it was fully deserved, Singapore were restricted to one chance in the whole game whilst the Cambodian girls, with all but one of the squad coming from Battambang, were totally dominant. Great stuff. The girls were training with and playing against the Phnom Penh Crown Academy boys before their Singapore trip and the link-up proved fruitful. Sam has a foot in both camps, having coached grassroots and girls football in Battambang for the past six years before joining Crown, and this show of force by the Cambodian girls team is a demonstration of all the hard work put in by the Battambang-based SALT Academy and Mighty Girls coaches and of course, the girls themselves.

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