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Visakha back football transfer law, boast club development

Ismail Vorajee / Khmer Times Share:
Visakha General Manager Hok Sochetra speaks to reporters at a press conference on Friday. KT / Yeun Punlue

Visakha General Manager Hok Sochetra expressed his support for the Football Federation of Cambodia’s promise to pass a law regulating domestic transfers at its next Plenary Session to be held in early 2019.

“The [new] domestic transfer rules that the Football Federation of Cambodia is planning to impose next year is a major motivation for the club to create a youth team of its own, Sochetra told reporters in a press conference on Friday. “In addition, it is a catalyst for Cambodian football to thrive.”

The comments come after Visakha were themselves accused of poaching from their domestic rivals after securing the signatures of five talented youngsters from former C-League champions Phnom Penh Crown.

Crown, the kingdom’s most successful domestic club, had threatened to pullout from the top tier of Cambodia’s football after their league rivals revealed it had signed contracts with the five former Crown academy players.

Current members of the Cambodia senior national team Sin Kakada and In Sodavid, along with Ouk Sovann, Kim Chhaya and Ken Chansopheak were all presented by Visakha to the press in an unveiling on December 18.

The dispute was swiftly settled by the FFC last week who instructed Visakha to pay compensation of an undisclosed amount to Crown for the training and development of the young stars

“I think the establishment of a domestic football transfer control act is the best thing for all clubs, said Sochetra. “First, clubs can be motivated by training and seeing young players develop and secondly, the players are motivated to train and improve and get into the first team.”

The coach also boasted of Visakha’s rapid development despite a solitary season in the Metfone C-League.

“In two more months, Visakha Football Club will be two years old, said the former star forward. “But so far, under leadership of Sar Sokha, the club has grabbed many big achievements such as preparing senior team to involve in Metfone Cambodian League and 12th Hun Sen’s Cup and finished 3rd place in the Cambodian top flight. Furthermore, the club has introduced an Under-17 grassroots side, and begun to build its own stadium.”

Visakha also presented a number of big projects, including its introduction of an Under-14 youth football team, and a prospective women’s team.

“[Club President] Ke Suonsophy [will] continue to lead the club, and she has set development goals with Football Federation of Cambodia to raise, as well as help, football here, said Sochetra. [The club] has plans to create Under-14 team at the end of 2019 and then we will prepare to introduce a women’s team as well as a grassroots women team in the future,” he added.

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