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INTERESTING FACT: "Ronaldo of Cambodia" at SEA Games is a VIETNAMESE-born player


In the semi-final match against Cambodia U22, Vietnamese players should find another method to communicate with each other or their tactics will be leaked out. The reason is very simple: In Cambodia U22's squad has a player born and raised in Vietnam.

Keo Sokpheng is called "Ronaldo of Cambodia", but few people know that he lived in Vietnam until 14. His mother is Vietnamese, and he can speak Vietnamese fluently.

Moreover, he used to reveal that in previous matches between Vietnam and Cambodia, he usually listened to the guidance of Vietnam's manager outside the pitch, then translated into Khmer to his teammate.

As a result, there were many times Vietnam found it difficult to face Cambodia in official matches.

Interestingly, before playing football in Cambodia, Keo Sokpheng and his brother, former football player Keo Sokngon, were crazy fans of the Vietnam national football team.

Keo Sokngon said that when he was a child, he had a notebook collecting many photos of Vietnamese players he idolized such as Le Cong Vinh, Nguyen Minh Phuong, and Phan Van Tai Em.

He said one of his dreams became true when he had a chance to face Cong Vinh in a game.

At the 30th SEA Games men's football, "Ronaldo of Cambodia" was the most impressive player of the Angkor Warriors. He scored three times in the preliminary round, including many vital goals against Malaysia U22 and Philippines U22.

With the high performance of Keo Sokpheng, Cambodia U22 had the first time advancing to the knock-out stage of SEA Games. The team manager of Cambodia U22 also said they were ready to defeat Vietnam U22 to aim the gold medal.