The participation of a Cambodian team at the 2011 Homeless World Cup, which will be held in Paris from August 21-28, will receive a much needed financial boost from funds raised by the Metro RAHU Charity Cup.
Organiser of the event and head coach of the team bound for France, Jimmy Campbell, revealed at a press conference at Metro bar on Sisowath Quay yesterday morning that ten teams had registered to
compete in the friendly day-long tournament which will be played at the Kidzcool Astroturf pitch on February 27.
Two groups of five team each will play a round robin with the top two teams from each group moving up to a knockout phase.
According to Campbell, who works with local NGO Happy Football Cambodia Australia to take new teams of youngsters to the annual international event, the Charity Cup marks the start of another campaign to spread awareness on homelessness in the Kingdom. The HFCA have sent teams to the past two Homeless World Cups in Milan (2009) and Rio de Janeiro (2010).
Two glittering trophies are on offer, with the winners taking home the Metro RAHU Cup while the best disciplined team receiving the Smart Mobile Fairplay Trophy.
The draw was made yesterday, and the teams are divided up as follows:
Group A: PP Celtic, KPMG, Paddy Rice, Westminster White, Kidzcool
Group B: Smart, Fish, Westminster Red, Tiger, Waterlilly