HFCA (Happy Football Cambodia Australia) are incredibly proud of the eight players who travelled to Cardiff, Wales for the 17th Homeless World Cup tournament. They did a fantastic job in representing their country and really enjoyed the amazing experience!
In a tough first group with holders (and eventual champions) Mexico and hosts Wales, the team did well to beat Australia and Denmark.
Buntan shoots against Australia in our opening game. Image: HFCA
In the second stage good wins against Finland and Belgium, and a narrow last minute loss to Holland meant the team were playing for the Llewellyn Cup. Progressing to the semi-finals, a heart breaking loss on penalties to Sweden after an epic 6-6 draw, meant there would be no trophy this year. FInishing above teams such as the Czech Republic, Belgium, Australia, Finland and Greece... a very respectable 36th place finish out of the 48 teams. Well done Team Cambodia!
Team Cambodia defends against Denmark. Image: HFCA
Team Cambodia battles against Belgium. Image: HFCA
A huge thank you to the team at the Homeless World Cup organisation for another wonderful tournament. Thank you to our Homeless World Cup sponsors Smart and Collingwood Rotary.
Special thanks to our partners in Cambodia such as Cambodian Children's Fund, Build your Future Today, The Happy School and everyone at our office Raintree Cambodia. So many people contributed but we must mention Jan Hansen, Lynn Ciurlionis, Zoe Ng, Kounila Keo, Rita Di Pietro and Kirk Gibson.