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Teams line up for the 13th Bayon Challenge

Teams line up for the 13th Bayon Challenge

The Bayon Challenge International Football Tournament, Cambodia’s longest running annual competition for expatriates and local players, will mark its 13th edition this weekend, with 11-a-side action slated for the 3G Field on Saturday and the Old Stadium on Sunday.

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Four late cancellations have seen entrant numbers reduced dramatically, although confirmation on two more teams is currently pending. The five sides signed up so far are Hanoi Drink Team, Swiss Club Singapore, San Siro Cambodia, Prey Veng Youth and hosts Bayon Wanderers FC.

Sponsors include Paulaner Beer, Big Cola, Dan’s Meat, Aussie Gourmet bakery and OneTV.

The brand new Cho Ray Hospital, which started full service on May 24 and is located along National Highway 1, will be on stand by in the case of any accidents.

Ajax Amsterdam, one of the world’s most successful clubs and winners of the past four seasons of the Dutch Eredivisie, issued a letter endorsing the tournament and a welcome note signed by former player Dennis Bergkamp.

“Sport in general and football in particular can contribute to developing a country, like what Johan Cruyff is doing with his foundation,” wrote Bergkamp.

Dutch legend Cruyff, who made a total of 276 appearances for Ajax between 1964 and 1983 scoring over 200 goals for the club, set up the Johan Cruyff Foundation in 1997 which helps initiate and support projects that stimulate sport and games for young people.


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