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Charity Cup tournament to help send Cambodians to Homeless World Cup

Local football enthusiasts are bracing for more amateur action in the name of a good cause, with the 2014 Charity Cup booked for Beeline Arena on August 31.

The daylong event, organised by Excel Events, will help raise funds to send another Cambodian squad out to this year's Homeless World Cup.

Now in its 12th edition, the tournament will see over 500 players from 64 nations compete in four-a-side street football games at the Plaza de Armas in the Chilean capital of Santiago from October 19-26.

Cambodia beat Wales 7-3 in last year's third-place playoff at the Cup of Tolerance, the fifth-tier men's trophy of the 2013 Homeless World Cup in Poznan, Poland.

Reigning champions are Brazil (men's) and Mexico (women's).

In a month's time, 10 teams will clash in friendly five-a-side futsal battles at Beeline Arena.

The Mad Monkey team will be back to defend their title against the likes of Metro Rahu, Paddy Rice, KPMG and Dan Meats, with five other spots still currently available.

For registration details, contact Jimmy Campbell by email at jimmy@excel-events.com or by phone on 017-679-487.

Campbell is head coach of Happy Football Cambodia Australia, a charity organisation that improve the lives of disadvantaged youths through football.

HFCA has trained up and sent Cambodians to the annual international competition for the past six years, including trips to Melbourne, Milan, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Paris and Poznan.

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