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National team player seriously injured in hit-and-run

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Visakha and National Team player Teath Kimheng being attended to at the hospital. Facebook

A Visakha football club player, who has also featured for the Cambodian U23 national football team, was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident the other day.

Teath Kimheng, 20, was with his girlfriend on a PCX motorbike along Street 310 (at the corner of St 143) in Boeung Keng Kang 2 at midnight on June 27 when a speeding car hit them, according to the club.

The Visakha report, which was posted on its Facebook page, did not mention if Teath was driving or was the passenger of the motorbike.

Teath suffered injuries to different parts of his body, including his head. His girlfriend, whose name was not mentioned in the report, died on the spot.

The vehicle responsible reportedly fled the scene of the accident. The driver or the occupants of that car have yet to be identified

Teath was rushed to the hospital where he is under observation after a small lump was found on his head. If his condition improves within the next 48 hours, according to the report, he will not undergo surgery. Otherwise, he will need an operation to remove the lump, which may be a blood clot.

“He is currently conscious, but suffering from the emotional impact of losing a loved one. We wish him a speedy recovery,” the club said.

Visakha FC has called on the police to help track down and take legal action against the hit-and-run driver.

Pictures released by Visakha FC showed players, staff and officials visiting the injured player at the hospital.

“First of all, I want to send my condolences to Teath Kimheng for the death of his girlfriend. I also wish him a fast recovery,” National Team player Thierry Chantha Bin said on his Facebook page.

Teath, who plays the centre-back position, started playing for Visakha FC last year after being a part of Bati Youth from 2015 to 2018. After a stint with Cambodia’s U-16 national football team, he debuted for the Cambodian U-23 team against Bangladesh national football team in March 2019, making seven appearances to date.

It is unclear when Teath will return to action for Visakha FC, which plays in the Metfone Cambodian League (MCL). The MCL will resume this coming July 4 after being sidelined by due to the pandemic for over two months.

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