A special charity match to celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic is set to be hosted in Phnom Penh’s National Olympic Stadium on the evening of March 18.
Both Cambodia and their Laotian counterparts will select a squad of top players from their respective leagues – the Cambodian Metfone C-League and the Lao Premier League.
Boeung Ket Angkor coach Prak Sovannara will continue to lead the Cambodian All-Stars having submitted a squad list of 25 players from six C-League clubs.
The Cambodian All-Stars have performed remarkably in their two previous outings, beating Thai powerhouses Buriram United and Muangthong United earlier this year. The Lao All-Stars meanwhile fared not so well, going down 1-3 to Buriram in January, despite being able to call on a host of international stars which will include Lao Toyota FC’s 2015 Premier league winning Japanese duo Kazuo Homma and Renshi Yamaguchi.
In recognition of their achievements against the Thai opposition, the All-Stars were invited to the Peace Palace on Tuesday where they were received by Prime Minister Hun Sen and other dignitaries. There they were awarded promised prize money of 12 million riel to each member of the All-Stars squad.
The Prime Minister spoke of his pride at seeing the Cambodian side defeat the strong Thai opponents and said he hoped to see Cambodian sports continue its ascent – and hoped the incentives offered by the government would go some way to helping the development of Cambodian sports.
With the C-League on hiatus until after the impending World Cup Qualification game between Cambodia and Syria on March 24, Phnom Penh Crown FC will fill the absence with a friendly matchup against Cambodian Tiger today at RSN Stadium. Kickoff is at 4 pm.
Cambodian All-Stars will return to the Olympic Stadium on March 18 to face Lao AllStars. KT / Yeun Punlue