Monday, April 20, 2009

FFC Schedules to organize Cambodia Premier League 2009

By BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC) announced the Cambodia Football Premier League will hold its 2009 games from May 2 to September 28 in Phnom Penh. The plan was announced by Ouk Sethycheat, Director of the National Sport Training Center and General Secretary of FFC in the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport (MoEYS).

Sethycheat said 10 football teams from cities and provinces across the country will participate in the league this year, with competitions held at the Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh.

While the purpose of the league is to gather the best Cambodian football players together to compete, he said the best players from this leagues will be selected to play in the 2009 SEA games, which will take place at the end of November 2009 in Vientiane, Laos. He said the FFC also aims to attract the youth to the sport and encourage them to have good health and become strong pillars for the development of Cambodia.

There 18 games during this year’s season. The competitions will take place every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday will be broadcast live by the National Television Kampuchea (TVK). According to Sethycheat, the first round competition will take place on May 2, the second round competition will take place on September 9, and the final will take place on September 28 at the National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh.

Premier League’s winning football team will receive a gold medal and a cash prize of US$10,000 in addition to receiving the honor of being Cambodia’s supreme champions for 2009. The defeated finalists will receive a silver medal with $US7,000 in cash while one bronze medal and $US5,000 awaits the third place team. He said that FFC will also provide a “Fair Player Award” and a “Best Goal Players Award” for gentlemanly conduct on the pitch and for the hardest working player. This high accolade carried a purse of 6 million riel.

“I strongly hope that through these competition activities, we will able to select the most qualified football players for the 2009 SEA Games. I also hope that with their hard work, hard training and previous experience, they will bring the honor and medals for our nation in future,” he said.

Keo Sarin, FFC Deputy General Secretary, said FFC has been organizing the “Cambodia Football Premier League” competitions since 2006. He said since then, nine Cambodian football teams have placed in the top 10 Cambodian sports.

He added that the nine top 10 teams include Phnom Penh Crown Club, Postel Football Team, Royal Cambodian Armed Forces’ Football Club, the Build Bright University (BBU) Football Club, Kirivong-Sok An Football Club, Preah Khan Reach Football Club, Renger Football Club, Phuchong Neak Football Club and Moha Krudh Football Club.

According to FFC, there are over 30 football clubs in Cambodia.

The league competition is organized by the Football Federation of Cambodia and sponsored by Korean Technology Cable Co., LTD (KTC), KTH-Thong Huot Telecom Co., LTD, The Hello 015 016 company and the Societe Concessionaire De’ Aeroport (SCA).

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