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Cambodia and Japan to commemorate relations through football

Ismail Vorajee / Khmer Times Share:
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The Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC) has announced the scheduling of two international friendly matches against Japanese sides to commemorate diplomatic relations between the two Asian nations.

The news was released yesterday through a statement by the Federation which said the Cambodians would face an Under-18 Fukushima squad. Cambodia will be represented by the Bati national youth football school.

Japan and Cambodia have maintained close cooperation in many sectors, although their collaboration in football is one which is easily overlooked yet critical to the development of Cambodian football.

Japan, which will play host to the 2020 Olympic Games, is expanding its reach within Asia in an attempt to increase cultural exchange in the fields of art, education, language and sport with their fellow Asian neighbours.

Japan, already one of the biggest investors in Cambodia’s special economic zones, has been a longstanding partner in helping to develop the kingdom’s football scene.

Cambodia’s national team is led by General Manager Keisuke Honda, who also operates a Solitilo Soccer School in the kingdom and is owner of Metfone C-League club the Siem Reap-based Soltilo Angkor FC.

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