News Sreng Hem: From Paris Homeless World Cup to professional footballer in Cambodian Premier League

July 25, 2017

In his second season as a professional footballer former HFCA star Sreng Hem has been playing some great football in his debut season in the Cambodian Premier League.

Playing right back in the Kirivong Sok Sen Chey FC team Sreng has impressed with his passing ability and his desire to fight for every ball. One of the smallest players in the team he never backs down from a challenge. 

Sreng Hem (bottom row far right) with his teammates in Paris in 2011. Eiffel Tower in the background. Photo Mik La Vage.

Having played against Brazil and Argentina in the 2011 Homeless World Cup he came back a changed young man. He had overcome all the challenges life had thrown at him and having been voted the best Cambodia player in France he wanted more. He joined a gym and worked out every day. Practiced hard and gave everything on and off the pitch.

In Cambodia v Brazil game in 2011 in Paris Sreng fights for the ball. Photo Mik La Vage

"HFCA taught me the importance of working hard and been part of a team. Going to Paris made me believe anything is possible. I love been a professional footballer as this is what I dreamed about since I was a little boy."

The Cambodian Premier League has 12 teams with each team playing a total of 22 games. After 13 rounds of the season Kirivong Sok Sen Chey FC are 12th with a total of 5 points. It's going to be a struggle to avoid relegation but everyone at the club is fighting till the last game of the season. The team is doing well in the Hun Sen Cup (Cambodian equivalent of FA Cup) and are hoping they can win it.

Sreng (green jersey number 25) defending in Cambodian Premier League game.

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