Sou Yaty lied to his parents so that he could train to become a footballer

មាស សុផាណារ៉ុង April 17, 2020


Phnom Penh៖ Sou Yaty revealed that his parents were not happy to see him train to become a professional footballer and that he lied to his parents so that he could join the training.

The Cambodia international goalkeeper was introduced to Build Bright United by Phea Sopheaktra in 2007 and then moved to Tiffy Army, where his journey really started.

Sou Yaty has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in Cambodia and won the Metfone Cambodian League four times with three different clubs the like of Phnom Penh Crown, Boeung Ket, and NagaWorld.

The NagaWorld goalkeeper told “I usually played football at school when I didn’t have class. Coach Phea Sopheaktra knew me and brought me to a professional club so that I could train.

“Coach Soung Phirom trained me. At first, I didn’t expect to become a national team player because I was so young at that time, but it’s always a dream to play for Cambodia.

“I first trained with Build Bright United in 2007, and I was there for half year before moving to Tiffy Army [formerly Ministry of National Defense]. After two years, I received the call-up to join the national team U19 and U23 in 2009.

“It’s never been easy to be a professional footballer. I had sacrificed a lot and tried really hard when I was at Tiffy Army. Everyone knew Soung Phirom was the strictest coach, and he trained us so hard. I trained so hard at that time and then got sick. I was quite tired at first, but I got great fruits at last.

“My parents were not happy. They didn’t want me to play football, but I always tried to explain them my great passion for football. During my stay at the club, I lied to them that I was staying at my friends’ house or visiting them so that I could join the training. They changed their mind after I joined Cambodia U19. Then they allowed me to play football.

“Until now, I can’t thank Coach Phea Sopheaktra and Soung Phirom enough, and I’m always grateful to them.

“Football has provided me a lot. I know the real meaning of life. I can earn money to support myself. I can travel abroad a lot, too. In Cambodia, it’s not common to travel abroad as it’s only for rich people. Through football, I know a lot of countries.”


By: Sophak Huy