Thursday, October 10, 2013

Chhunly in town

Chhunly Pagenburg in his FSV Frankfurt colours
The football hotline is buzzing with the news that Chhunly Pagenburg, with dual nationality of Cambodian and German, is in town and played for the Cambodia U-23s in a practice match with Svay Rieng this morning. He's been touted as the answer to Cambodia's woes for a year or two now, but until today has never been seen. All that changed this morning when he donned the national team shirt for a run-out with the U-23s. At 26 he's too old to play in the upcoming SEA Games, but at least he's made an appearance that will please the multitude of Khmer football fans, searching desperately for a feel-good factor with their national football team. Pagenburg, born in Nuremberg, joined German Bundesliga 2 side FSV Frankfurt in July after a whirlwind two years with Eintracht Trier where he netted 29 goals in 53 games in Germany's 4th tier of football, after earlier spells with FC Nuremberg, TSV 1860 Munich, Rot-Weiss Erfurt and the German U-19 and U-20 national teams. With an international break, it looks like he will be around for a few days and will play again, against Phnom Penh Crown in another practice match on Saturday morning.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Cambodia is by no mean one player away from turning around. If foreign-based players are to be incorporated, it's got to be more than one player to have any kind of impact, much like what the Philippines and Singapore have been doing. Anyway, nice to see our off-shore compatriot show his love to the motherland. Welcome home, Chhunly!