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Homeless footballers close on winning note

Homeless footballers close on winning note

CAMBODIA’S week-long campaign at the Homeless World Cup in Paris ended on a good  note when the team edged out Canada 4-3 on top of a 4-0 victory over Japan in the INSP Trophy, for teams figuring in the lowest rung of the ladder. The Kingdom had a rough ride in the secondary stage, how-ever, losing their matches to Palestine,  Norway, Sweden and Germany. Palestine, playing in the event for the second year, proved too tough for Cambodia, winning 12-1.

Goalkeeper Thom Noum scored Cambodia’s only goal. ”Most of the Palestine players come from regugee camps in Lebanon, and they’re very tough men,’’ Happy Football Cambodia Australia chairman Paraic Grogan told the Post. “Thom Noum has been superb in this tournament despite what the scorelines suggest, making many great saves. I believe he could make it in the Cambodian premier league.’’ Cambodia’s best effort came against a strong Norway, who recovered from  a 1-2 arrears to post a 4-2 victory. Cambodia went down 4-2 to Sweden and were beaten 5-0 by Germany.

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