JBCF usurped Phnom Penh Post at the top of the PPPost Mini Soccer Championship after matches at Kidzcool astroturf pitch on Tuesday. Both teams maintained their perfect starts to the season, but thanks to a 16-2 demolition of hosts Kidzcool and 12-2 thrashing of Cellcard, JBCF now hold a 4-goal advantage in goal difference over the Post.
JBCF, which stands for Jeannine and Billy’s Children’s Foundation, are the only team in the corporate competition sponsored by a charity organisation. Team captain Billy Barnaart is also the founder of JBCF, which was set up to help promote the integration into Cambodian society of children whose parents died of AIDS. The organisation provides both care and financial support for the children, whilst offering assistance for AIDS affected families looking to support themselves.
A sewing training centre has been created at the JBCF to give gainful employment to families, whilst also contributing the running costs. The kits worn by all the teams in the PPPost Mini Soccer Championship were produced at this centre.
Barnaart also manages local amateur football team the Bayon Wanderers, whose players make up the mini soccer team.
In other matches at Kidzcool on Tuesday, ANZ Royal grabbed their first points of the campaign with a spirited 8-6 victory over Beeline. PPPost were faced with a 14-goal deficit to make up in their last game against Kidzcool to ensure they remained top of the table, but despite putting an impressive 17 past the hosts, they allowed 7 to roll in their own net.
Tonight’s fixtures promise some mouth-watering matchups, with last year’s runners up Smart taking on the effervescent Ezecom, an invigorated Infinity lineup facing Me Mates Place and reigning champions Devenco pitted against debutants Banzai.
JBCF, however, are already ensured of first place leading into next week, with none of the teams playing tonight boasting maximum points from the first round.