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Charity Cup scores funds

Charity Cup scores funds

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The 2011 Metro RAHU Charity Cup winning team Smart Mobile pose on the sidelines of the Kidzcool Astroturf pitch on Sunday.

The Metro RAHU Charity Cup, which deservedly went to Smart Mobile on Sunday, has done its part towards raising funds for the Cambodian squad bound for the 2011 Homeless World Cup in Paris this August.

The day-long four-a-side friendly competition involving ten teams witnessed a fitting climax when Smart pipped Phnom Penh Celtic 4-3 in the final. But of far greater significance than the non-stop action on the Astroturf pitch at Kidzcool Children & Family Fun Village was the US$3,000 – a third of which was donated by Metro RAHU - that the event managed to raise for the Kingdom’s homeless soccer team.

“The tournament was played in great spirit with everyone having lots of fun,” said event organiser Jimmy Campbell, head coach at local charity Happy Football Cambodia Australia which coordinates the World Cup trip each year.

One of the highlights was the participation for the first time of an all-girls team, Westminster Wines. The members had a whale of a time and walked away with the Fair Play Trophy.

“The money raised will help with our HFCA football programme and will also help in our efforts to send a Cambodian team to the Homeless World Cup in Paris. We still have a lot of money to raise if we are to reach our goal of getting a team there,” added Campbell.“We have plans for another fund raiser in July where the focus will be on music. We will try to get some bands together to perform for this cause.”

The coach revealed that preparations for the World Cup were “in full flow” with 20 players training every Saturday morning in the hope of selection for the 12-man squad announced next month which will continue training at the weekend. The final six players destined for Paris will then be chosen in June.

“The rules of the World Cup forbids any player from participating in more than one [edition], but from a coach’s point of view previous experience is invaluable,” said Campbell.

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