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Former National Football Team player passes away

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Yem Vannak, a referee assessor of the Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC) who had a previous stint with the Cambodian National Football Team, has passed away.

Yem’s passing was announced by the FFC in Facebook post yesterday. He passed away on August 15 while suffering from a variety of sickness.

“Football Federation of Cambodia would like to express sympathetic sorrow and sincere condolences on the death of Mr Yem Vannak, a referee assessor of FFC. We feel regret of losing him as he’s one of great human resources in the referee development of Cambodian football,” the post stated. “May you rest well in peace.”

According to local media reports, Yem, who was suffering from Hypergly​-​caemia (high blood sugar) and Pulmonary Edema,was rushed by his family to the Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh morning of August 15, but was not able to make it and passed away a few hours later.

In addition to being a long-time referee assessor for the FFC, Yem was also working as a Physical education and Sports teacher at Chbar Ampov High School in Phnom Penh.

In football, a referee assessor works towards developing the skills of referees, making sure that they officiate games according to the highest standards. They are among the key people in the sport, being credited for developing the modern-day referee.

He was called up several times to play for the Cambodian National Football Team while he was affiliated with the National Defence football squad in the early 2000s.

The remains of Yem were cremated in his home province of Kampong Thom. FFC officials and staff led by Thong Chanketya, who came on behalf of Football Federation President Sar Sokha, attended the funeral ceremony.

Yem is the latest sports figure in Cambodia who passed away.

Amoah Samuel of Ghana, 28, who was part of the coaching staff of ISI Dangkor Senchey football club, passed away in Phnom Penh last month after a short period of sickness. Before him, Olympian and National Swimming Team coach Hem Lumphat, 49, passed away due to internal bleeding.

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