Joy for our Cambodian football team as they win the 2016 Homeless World Cup Men's Globe trophy. In our second final in nine years Cambodian players experience the pure joy of winning a trophy. Of course taking part is more important than winning but the look on our players and coaches faces as the final whistle went in our epic game against Sweden was priceless.
(L to R) HFCA Country Manager Vibol celebrates with Sang and Rith
After tough games against 2015 HWC champions Mexico and one of the tournament favorite's Indonesia we grew into the tournament as our players slowly adjusted to the stadiums, weather conditions and improved game by game. Some close games against Austria, Norway and Finland saw the team improve. Whilst we lost these matches we kept believing.With one of the best goalkeepers Sang Keo in goal we finally won our first game against Slovenia and then proceeded to win three in a row against Greece, Holland and USA before the final. The rest is history.
Cambodian goalkeeper Sang makes another great save.
After the final Vibol Chao, HFCA Country Manager and Coach Assistant at the HWC, said:
"I never think of our team winning any part of trophy from Homeless World Cup in shortly time but from time to time team Cambodia has been learned and improved being strong and stronger. After winning the semi final and I talked to our players at the morning meeting that I dreamed last night that we are winning the final game and all players laugh at me but I told them you will have chance to win if you follow my/Jimmy instruction because I have watched two Sweden games and only one player number 10 as good as Minea and other as the same you too. So team working, learning, discussing and sitting strategy always become successful. The truly from my heart, after the final game, I feel so happy and strongly believe that the winning become from trying and trying of hard worked"