Tes Sambath snubbed by Phnom Penh Crown before signing professional contract with Boeung Ket
មាស សុផាណារ៉ុង April 28, 2020
Phnom Penh៖ Boeung Ket center-back Tes Sambath revealed that he was rejected by Phnom Penh Crown after his trial with the Phnom Penh side before joining Bati Youth back in 2015.
After being snubbed by Phnom Penh Crown, the 19-year-old almost gave up on his dream of becoming a professional footballer, but his older brother Tes Bona always backed him to pursue his dream.
The Cambodia international spent almost five years at Bati Youth before signing his professional contract with Boeung Ket in 2019 and helped them clinch their first Hun Sen Cup in his first season with the club.
Tes Sambath told camsports.org: “I love football since I was a kid. When I started playing football, it’s not a favorite sport yet in my hometown Kampong Speu. My friends and I formed a team to join a tournament in our province. Whenever there was a match, we rode bicycle around five or six kilometers to play. We clinched the tournament, and then I joined the trial at Phnom Penh Crown. I was not selected, and my mother told me to be away from football. One year later, I joined Bati.
“My mother, at first, never wanted me to be a footballer, but my older brother tried to explain her and helped me to achieve my dream. I was very disappointed after Phnom Penh Crown rejected me, and I thought I would never make it. Thanks to my older brother, who encouraged me and pushed me, so I tried it again as I trained at Bati.
“I first trained as a striker, but my Japanese coach said I was tall and tough, so he asked me to play as a center-back. I had a strong desire to be a professional footballer, and I told myself I would never give up. My family then always encourages and supports me, and this means so much to my career.”
By: Sophak Huy