Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cambodian kids ready for Moscow tourney



Cambodian kids ready for Moscow tourney

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Cambodia’s football ambassadors Sengkea Sokheng (left) and Makara Sok are gearing up for the Football for Friendship International Programme in Moscow. Photo supplied

Cambodian kids ready for Moscow tourney

Cambodia’s football ambassadors are all set for their Russia 2018 adventure as they set off for the 6th Gazprom Football for Friendship International Programme on June 8.

Twelve-year-old Sengkea Sokheng and Makara Sok will be joined by youngsters from 210 countries and sports stars and celebrities in Moscow as preparations build and excitement grows towards next month’s World Cup finals.

Sokheng will play in midfield in the Gazprom Football for Friendship International Championship as 32 International Teams of Friendship meet on the pitch.

Sokheng, from Phnom Penh, currently plays for ISF Football Academy and has dreams of playing for the Cambodian national side. A Real Madrid fan, his hero is Cristiano Ronaldo.

A talented young midfielder, Sokheng believes it is important to promote friendship, equality and peace because he feels we need such positives for the world to be a better place.

Sokheng started playing football at the age of five, and has taken part in tournaments across the Kingdom, playing a pivotal role in his side’s numerous victories in under-10 and under-12 events.

At the F4F Programme in Russia, Sokheng will be accompanied by young journalist Sok Makara, who will cover the program’s local and global activities as part of the International Children’s Press Center.

As part of the Press Centre, the budding scribes will collect information, make reports, write news articles and prepare materials on the F4F Programme’s initiatives.

Fellow football fan Sok is also from Phnom Penh. Born in Kampong Speu province, Sok currently lives in the capital with his aunt and uncle, from whom he inherited his love of football. With the help of his uncle, Sok started football training at a young age. An avid supporter of Barcelona, his favourite player is Neymar.

Part of Team Angel Shark, Sokheng will take part in a three-day training camp in Moscow to help the players get used to Russian playing conditions and get plenty of practice with their teammates before the championship kicks off on June 12.

To highlight the environmental damage facing the planet, each team is named after an endangered animal, with Sokheng part of Team Angel Shark as a midfielder, alongside a goalkeeper from the US Virgin Islands, defenders from Libya and Sierra Leone, a fellow midfielder from Palestine and a forward from FranceEach International Team of Friendship will be trained by 14-16 year old young coaches from around the world.

The young footballers will also get to take part in workshops and sessions run by famous celebrities.

Sokheng and Sok will also participate in the Sixth Football for Friendship International Children’s Forum in Russia, which will give them the opportunity to meet fellow youngsters from around the world to share experiences, and discuss with famous footballers and journalists on how bets to promote the key values of the F4F Programme globally.

Famous athletes, journalists, and public figures who support the project are set to attend the International Children’s F4F Forum and provide their thoughts and inspiration to the young ambassdors.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh placed in two-week lockdown

    The government has decided to place Phnom Penh in lockdown for two weeks, effective April 14 midnight through April 28, as Cambodia continues to grapple with the ongoing community outbreak of Covid-19, which has seen no sign of subsiding. According to a directive signed by Prime Minister

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Hun Sen: Stay where you are, or else

    Prime Minister Hun Sen warned that the two-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Kandal provincial town Takmao could be extended if people are not cooperative by staying home. “Now let me make this clear: stay in your home, village, and district and remain where

  • Culture ministry: Take Tuol Sleng photos down, or else

    The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has told Irish photographer Matt Loughrey to take down the photos of Khmer Rouge victims at Tuol Sleng Genocidal Museum which he allegedly colourised and altered to show them smiling. The ministry said Loughrey's work is unacceptable, affecting

  • Cambodia gears up for muted New Year festival

    The recent curfew and restrictions imposed in the capital and other Covid-19 hotspots were intended to break the chain of transmission, Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said as municipal and provincial authorities issued new directives banning certain activities during the upcoming Khmer New Year