Cash pledged to help young footballers

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A total of $70,000 has been pledged to support Cambodian football. KT/Yeun Punlue

The Football Federation of Cambodia took receipt of a $70,000 donation from Thailand-based private cement group SCG which will be used to fund Cambodia’s next generation of football prodigies.

The Football Federation of Cambodia has plans to establish football schools in each of the kingdom’s 25 provinces.

“This process began in May 2017, starting from Svay Rieng province,” said FFC president Sao Sokha.

“At present, 12 schools have been constructed. The schools in Svay Rieng and Tbong Khmum have been completed.”

With the creation of a footballing infrastructure ripe for the country’s youngsters to hone their skills, the Cambodian Football Federation hopes to provide quality training and football coaching of an international standard.

The facilities will also help source, evaluate and select talented athletes from every school in each province.

Planning has increased momentum as the 2023 SEA Games nears and in which Cambodia are targeting medals.

The sizeable donation will also go towards education on topics such as hazards, accidents, diseases, unexploded ordnance, environmental degradation, health, friendship and peace-building.

SCG have twice brought over Thai Premier League heavyweights Muangthong United to Cambodia to play exhibition matches against the local league all-stars.

They are expected to return to the kingdom for their 2018 Asean tour early next year.

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