SPARTA RSISA TALENT CUP 2015

The Rising Stars International Sports Academy in collaboration with SPART ROTTERDAM ASIA is organizing a one-day-soccer Tournament, TALENT Cup on 5th April 2015 at the Akira Sports Club Boueng Salang, Phnom Penh Cambodia. About 16 teams of U14 and U17 are taking part in the tournament sponsored by Extra Joss Energy Drinkand Royal Springs Group. The Teams participating in the one day events includes Host, RSISA, Pegasus, Modern International School, CIA First International School, GFA Soriya, Mekong International School, Save Children of Asia Organizations, Civil Aviation FC, Zaman International School. According to the Tournament Director and Founder of RSISA, Ken Gadaffi the event is being put together to provide opportunities for the young players to show their talents.

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“RSISA is going into partnership with foreign clubs like SPARTA ROTTERDAM of Holland and we want to show that there are talents in Cambodia that can develop into future champions,” he stated. The Tournament will feature 15 minutes Games for each team playing in a round robin and the top 4 in each category will progress to the Semi Finals and Finals. The top three teams in each category will be provided medals and the Winner’s Trophy goes to the team on each category. Other sponsors for the tournament include, Home Sport, Future Children Foundation and PM. Growth. The Tournament is expected to kick off at 8am and the finals at about 4pm.

Source: RSISA.

TriAsia Phnom Penh Changed Their Name Under New Owner

TriAsia Phnom Penh FC have changed their name to Cambodian Tiger FC after changing the new owner.

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Akihiro Kato, the new club owner, told Sabay that the name of the club has been changed just after Hun Sen Cup tournament. “Tiger is a powerful and energetic animal and frightened by other animals, and we want our club to be as strong as tiger,” he explained.

Cambodian Tiger FC are undoubtedly the most ambitious club in Cambodian Premier League (C-league). “Our main goal is to be the leading and number one club in Asia,” he added.

Unlike Albirex Niigata Phnom Penh who have withdrawn from C-league due to financial problem, Cambodian Tiger FC have enough long-term financial support. The club owner has called for Cambodian Tiger players not to be worried about the club financial because the club has just been sponsored by another Japanese company.

From 2015 to 2017, Cambodian Tiger are planning to spend 280 thousand dollars each year to win C-league title in three years and create events that can provide opportunities for Cambodian children from provinces and cities to play football.

Source: Sabay.

The Manager of Western Phnom Penh FC Denied the Rumor That Svay Rieng U-19 Will Represent His Club in C-league Season 2015

A few days ago, it’s rumored that Svay Rieng U-19 will represent Western Phnom Penh FC in Cambodia top league, and this has caused a lot of criticism, as well. LAY Sothea, the manager of Western Phnom Penh FC, has come out to explain and defend his club’s stance.

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The manager has made it clear that Svay Rieng U-19 won’t represent Western Phnom Penh FC in Cambodian Premier League this season (2015). Western Phnom Penh FC are in need of more local players and then decide to loan players from Svay Rieng U-19. “The reason we need SVR to help Top team [Western Phnom Penh FC] and we need to take little time to prepare our team to be strong but we need foundation resources first and financial. There are 15 to 18 players but only few who can play so we need to use our old players to help and foreigners too,” he explained.

When asked if there are any possibilities to sign some of those players who can perform well and make a big impact to the team, he replied, “It depends on our agreement and request we also base on what we can agree with both of us and also financial for players in the future.”

Western Phnom Penh FC also need to sign foreigners to strengthen their squad. “We have got and need to sign but not foreign players in Cambodia; now we plan to bring from outside and need young players,” he added.

Western Phnom Penh FC focus mainly of the long-term plan and are committed to developing the grassroots, for they are planning to open Western Football Academy from age of 6 to 17 years to Top team. They also have their own stadium, Western Stadium, and their plan is to earn money to build their team rather than only spend. They, additionally, have some sponsorship including Legend, Supetstore, Le West club, Vital, and others.

“We hope if we follow by our plan smoothly we will be true with our dream,” the manager concluded.

VA Sokthorn is happy with his football life in Cambodia

Va Sokthorn (Va Quentin, name in passport), 27, feels very satisfied with his football life in Cambodia after helping Cambodia to progress to the second round of World Cup 2018 Qualifiers.

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Sokthorn had played for many clubs in regional level in France before deciding to move to Cambodia and join the defending champion, Phnom Penh Crown FC. He also had a chance to join Montceaul les Mines in National League in CFA but then decided to try his luck and earn experience in his mother country. Then he has recently realized that he has made the right decision and felt happy with his club and national team. “I feel very happy, and it is a very good experience for me to play for PPCFC and national team. And I hope to get more great moments [in Cambodia football],” he said.

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The French-Khmer born got a call-up to join Cambodia National Team in the recent World Cup 2018 Qualifiers first round and helped his country to reach the second round for the first time following a 4-1 victory over Macau. The midfielder has now become one of the important players in national team and one of the fans’ favorite. Through these, he felt very surprised for his immediate impact. “Seriously, I am very surprised because all come very fast but I am very proud to get a call-up to join the national team by the coach, LEE. Then I have shown my football during the training camp at Bati and worked hard to follow his tactics,” he added. “It is an honor to represent my heritage and pride. Every footballer dreams of one day to wear the jersey of the national team. My aim is to be selected to play in every game. And it is with great pleasure that I will continue to fight for my country,” he continued.

VA Sokthorn has become the fourth French-Khmer born to join C-league side and Cambodia National Team.

SHANE signs a one-year deal with the defending C-league Champion

The lightning quick feet and outstanding ball control of South African-born Shane Booysen are expected to be a prominent feature for Phnom Penh Crown FC (PPCFC) in the 2015 Metfone C-League competition after the 26-year-old signed a 1-year contract with the club.

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Booysen, after a year playing in Thailand, arrived on trial in February, scored two goals in his first friendly match against BBU and has impressed everyone who has seen him play. Crown Head coach Sam Schweingruber was happy to see Booysen put pen to paper: “We are delighted Shane has signed with us, he was our target player to get on board. He is both experienced and talented and his outstanding technique has in the past weeks excited teammates, staff and fans. We are looking forward to Shane’s contribution to defend the title.” Booysen was born in Cape Town, the second-largest city in South Africa and began playing football at Ajax Cape Town as a ten-year-old. Four years later he joined the full-time Hellenic FC Academy, one of the best in the country, for three years and appeared for the Western Province U-17s. In his mid-teens he moved to the country’s most successful club Mamelodi Sundowns and played for their reserves for two years before spells at Gleneden United, back to Ajax Cape Town and a loan stint in the National First Division with Ikapa Sporting. In March of last year (2014), Booysen took the decision to pursue his career goals abroad, moved to Thailand and played regularly for Rbac Mittraphap and Bangkok Christian College-Tero in the Thai Regional League Division 2 before joining Crown in February. Booysen looks set to become a fans favourite, having already impressed in a handful of friendly matches. He was delighted to sign for Crown: “I feel honoured to join the league champions of Cambodia. We are a good team and I know we will work well together. The players and staff are like a family and they have welcomed me since day 1. I will do my best for the team, my coach and the fans. I’m really excited for the season ahead, I can’t wait for us to progress together and I know we will defend our title”.

Source: PPCFC

Chan Vathanaka the Super-sub Player for Cambodia

Cambodia defeated Macau 3: nil in World Cup 2018 Qualifiers First Round, first leg at Army Stadium on March 12th, 2015.

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Boeungket Angkor attacking winger, Chan Vathanaka, 21, came off the bench and scored two goals for Cambodia after having replaced Sos Souhana on 55th minute.

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The 21-year-old took Cambodia a lead 9 minutes after substituting his Cambodia fellow. On the 82nd minute, Cambodia got a free-kick in front of Macau dangerous box, and the left-footed player, Vathanaka, doubled the lead for Cambodia.

Cambodia skipper, Khuon Laboravy, made it 3:0 in injury time to earn Cambodia an essential victory in front of their own fans.

The second-leg match will kick-off at Estádio Campo Desportivo, Taipa on March 17th, 2015.

Cambodia National Players Call on Great Atmosphere at Army Stadium

Cambodia will host Macau at Army Stadium on March 12th, 2015 at 4.00 pm (Cambodian Time) in World Cup 2018 Qualifying First Round, first leg.

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Cambodia National Players have called on their supporters to make great atmosphere at Army Stadium when they play Macau. Cambodia will be in blue, and the players have called on their supporters to bring national flag or blue krama (a scarf made up of thousands of tiny squares, resembles Khmers’ own history: it is a patchwork of contrasting hues – dark and light, sad and joyous).

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As cited from FFC Official Facebook Page: “Please bring with you our national flag or blue krama to show your support when our team wears blue uniforms on the match day against Macau! Our slogan is “All for one, One for all”

Photos courtesy of CAM Photo Agency.

Source: FFC Official Facebook Page.