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Football Federation hosts annual congress

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National Military Police commander Sao Sokha was elected to a fourth term as President of the Cambodian football federation. KT / Yeun Punlue

The Football Federation of Cambodia’s executive committee hosted its Annual Congress at Phnom Penh Hotel yesterday morning, electing National Military Police commander Sao Sokha to a fourth term as President of Cambodian football’s most senior body.

Gen. Sokha, Deputy Commander in Chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and Commander of the Royal Gendarmerie of Cambodia General, was first elected in 2006, with the disgraced ex-FIFA chief Sepp Blatter extending his “deepest congratulations”.

Gen. Sokha’s mandate will see him lead Cambodian football between 2018-2022, and in the run-up to the 2023 Phnom Penh SEA Games.

The Federation also revealed it had registered a slim profit in 2017. It had an income of $7,713,690 coming from FIFA, the Asian Football Confederation, the Asean Football Federation, partners, and assorted charities. Spending meanwhile totalled $7,146,384 leaving the FFC with a profit of $567,306.

Global football organising body FIFA recently announced it would provide a $1.25 million package to the FFC after a whistle-stop tour by FIFA president Gianni Infantino earlier this month.

The cash, which will be distributed over four years to the FFC, is earmarked for the development of football fields and youth development programmes.

The donation was confirmed by Khiev Sameth, re-elected vice-president of the FFC, who said FIFA’s generous grant would be vital in helping the kingdom’s growing football scene.

“The meeting is mainly about football development, and this is just what Cambodia needs,” explained Sameth.

“The FFC has established football schools in 25 provinces and cities throughout the country to develop football. And we want to invest more,” he added.

FIFA officials and delegates from around the region and the world, about 20 in all, had converged on the Cambodian capital for the latest instalment of FIFA’s Executive Football Summit Series.

The delegation was led by FIFA president Gianni Infantino who stated he was optimistic about Cambodia’s progress.

“The federation [of Cambodia] is doing its job well,” he said. “Its youth development projects in all 25 provinces and cities sound very promising.

“We had discussions [with the FFC] on youth development as the country gears up for the 2023 Southeast Asia Games which will be hosted by Cambodia.”

Cambodia, which has in the past received between $250,000 and $500,000 annually for development purposes from FIFA, currently sits in 172nd place of 206 nations in the FIFA/Coca-Cola Rankings.

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