HOMELESS WORLD CUP 2018: PHANNA PHORN
Meet Phanna Phorn. He’s our third CCF footballer chosen to represent Cambodia in the Homeless World Cup 2018 in Mexico
It could be said that football has been Phanna Phorn’s saviour. That and CCF.
Born into a poor family in a rural part of Cambodia, life’s path seemed set for him. But his mother’s decision to move them to Phnom Penh to seek work would eventually lead Phanna down a very different path.
It’s a journey that will take him to Mexico in November as a member of the Cambodia Homeless World Cup squad, one of four CCF players chosen for a team organised by Happy Football Cambodia Australia (HFCA).
“I never thought I would go overseas. This is a dream come true,” says Phanna, 17.
At the age of six, Phanna joined CCF’s program along with one of his four sisters after his mother, who had a food stall, moved to Thailand for better job prospects. Their father has since passed away.
Phanna’s sister is now studying at university. For Phanna, sport would be his salvation. Football in particular. Finding a talent for and a love of the game through CCF’s partner HFCA has opened up a whole new world of possibilities.
“Football has given me so much,” he says. “I have made friends and become much healthier and strong. I would like the opportunity to be a professional footballer in the future.”
For now, all his thoughts are concentrated on the forthcoming Homeless World Cup, which kicks off in Mexico City on November 13.
Pulling on the Cambodian jersey will be, says Phanna, the proudest moment of his life so far.
His dad, no doubt, would have been very proud of him too.
Homeless World Cup 2018
- 2018 is the 16th edition of the Homeless World Cup
- It will take place in Mexico City, the country’s capital, from November 13-18
- More than 500 players from 47 nations with 63 teams
- Expected 200,000 spectators and millions watching online
- 400 games across 3 purpose-built pitches
- Men’s/Mixed playing for 6 trophies. Women’s teams play for 2 trophies
- Defending Men’s/Mixed champions are Brazil who beat Mexico 4-3 in the final
- Mexico are the Women’s defending champions after a 4-2 win over Chile in 2017
- Teams of eight players
- 2 halves, 7 minutes each
- On a pitch 22m x 16m
Follow the build-up at www.homelessworldcup.org
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