Cambodia’s K-Cement All-Stars scored a morale-boosting 2-1 win over visiting Thai Premier League superclub SCG Muangthong United in their friendly meeting at the National Olympic Stadium on Saturday.
The match, part of Muangthong’s 2019 Asean tour, saw a low turnout at the stadium witness the hosts score twice in an even first half through Cameroonian forward Privat Mbarga and Cambodian midfielder Chhin Choeun.
An understrength and youthful Muangthong were unable to make much of an impact until Heberty Fernandes scored via a freekick in the second half for the visiting side as the kingdom held on to claim the win.
“Competition against strong teams is what the players of Cambodia want and to play and show that Cambodian players are capable of playing with strong teams,” said goalscorer Choeun.
A charitable aspect also forms part of Muangthong’s ASEAN tour commitments. The TPL club and the Football Federation of Cambodia committed to donate proceeds from the match towards funding football schools in all 25 cities and provinces of the kingdom.
SCG also said that all revenue from the sale of K Cement Cambodia All-Stars jerseys will help to develop future Cambodian football talents as part of the country’s preparation for the 2023 SEA Games, and also to support health care in Kampot Province.
Earlier in the day, Muangthong sponsors SCG Brand, organised a Kick & Share youth soccer c
clinic at its National Olympic Stadium where around 200 youngsters took part in a training session benefiting from state of the art coaching from the Muangthong staff.
SCG has long supported the development of Cambodia’s future football stars, as well as helping to encourage young people across the country to spend their free time engaged in positive activities.
“We believe that sports and entertainment are a valuable part of our lives,” said Pongdhana Dejvitayaporn, Sales & Marketing Manager of SCG. “That is why we have initiated many projects, including the “Kick and Share” project, to bring a bright future for the people living in the country where we operate. We hope that the program will encourage children to play football and become future soccer stars here in Cambodia.”
Coaches and players provided tips and techniques for the attending children. After the training, SCG also donated football equipment to the participants to help them practice their new skills in their free time.
SCG has run the ‘Kick and Share’ football training sessions for several years, with hundreds of students from many parts of Cambodia, including Phnom Penh, and Svay Rieng and Kampot provinces, benefiting from the coaching sessions. The sessions complement SCG’s education work, which has provided scholarships to Cambodian children through SCG’s “Sharing the Dream” scholarship program.