Twenty year old Cambodian forward Sieng Chanthea has become the latest player to jump on the Middle-Eastern bandwagon, joining Qatari second division side Al Shahaniya SC on loan.
Who is Sieng Chanthea?
A talented forward he began his career at Bati Academy before moving to Boeung Ket. He has also played for Cambodia at Under 17,19, 21,22 and 23 level, as well as the full team, representing his nation a total of 26 times.
The news was released via a club statement, as well as one from the player himself. His move is officially a loan deal, meaning we could well see him back in the CPL.
It is hoped that the change of scenery will help propel his international career under new coach Felix Dalmas.
To read our interview with Felix click here.
Why the move?
Middle-Eastern clubs have recently been snapping up a number of players from the around the world, particularly the Saudi Pro League, who have signed Ronaldo and Benzema to name but two.
Qatar has also been keen to promote its own league, with it being part of the legacy the nation wanted to create after roosting the 2022 World Cup, which was won by Argentina.
You can read about the Qatari World Cup here
What is most interesting about the move though is the age of Sieng Chanthea, with it generally being players at the end of their careers moving to the region, rather than talented youth.
This article is adapted from BPVE, (https://bpve.com/) reported and edited from the great team – Cambodia Sports Review. (https://www.cambodiasportsreview.com/)
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