ISI Dangkor Senchey FC Goes Pro

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Luka D’Amato

Making a huge leap forward, ISI Dangkor Senchey FC is entering the world of professional football by competing in the Cambodian League 2 for the first time. The club will be facing off against Siem Reap FC at KMH Park on October 3rd, 2020 at 3:00pm.

ISI Dangkor Senchey plays a scrimmage match in preparation for League 2.

Organized by the Cambodian Football Federation, League 2 is the second highest level of competition in Cambodia. Ten teams from across the country will be competing in the 2020 season and, as their first time competing at the professional level, ISI Dangkor Senchey knows that they have a challenge ahead of themselves.

“It’s a big task for us to compete in League 2. The teams are very strong, but it’s also a big opportunity for us and I feel like we have a good chance this season,” said Siek Sovann, ISI Dangkor Senchey General Manager. “The players feel motivated and excited. We’ll try our best to win, but our goal is to learn and see how good we can become,” he continued.

Formed in 2016, ISI Dangkor Senchey has always had their eyes set on entering the professional stage. After building their program and establishing themselves as a top team at the semi-professional level, they are ready to climb to the next level. “We dreamed about playing professionally, but we needed to build our foundations first. We’ve been preparing and, now with a strong community and good structure under the KMH Foundation, we are ready,” said Mr. Siek.

The goalie dives for the ball during practice.

The stakes are high for all of the teams competing, with the league's champions being invited to join the Metfone League – Cambodia’s top level of competition. Yet, the ISI Dangkor Senchey players are focusing on what’s directly ahead of them, tackling challenges like training six days a week, TV interviews and the idea of playing at the national level.

“I’m happy to compete in Cambodian League 2 for the first time. I’m committed to doing my best in this competition and honoring all of the leaders of the team,” said Thour Keaseng, ISI Dangkor Senchey Team Captain. "As the team captain, I want all of our players to work hard and be ready to compete," he added.

Rain or shine, ISI Dangkor Senchey trains for their next challenge.

Making huge strides forward while understanding the challenges ahead of them, ISI Dangkor Senchey is excited to continue growing as a football club and push their way to the top of the ranks. Kicking off on their home turf at KMH Park, the team is working hard and continuing to grow as they enter the professional level.

Joining Cambodian League 2 marks a big achievement for ISI GROUP and the KMH Foundation, who have been working to increase access to football in Cambodia and grow a community around our programs. Click here to learn more about our actions to build grassroots football in Cambodia. See below for ISI Dangkor Senchey's match schedule in the 2020 League 2 season.

ISI Dangkor Senchey 2020 Cambodian League 2 Schedule

Match 1 | 03-10-2020 Kick off 3:00pm

ISI DANGKOR SENCHEY FC & Siem Reap FC (KMH PARK)

Match 2 | 10-10-2020 Kick off 3:00pm

ISI DANGKOR SENCHEY FC & Phnom Penh Crown (KMH PARK)

Match 3 | 17-10-2020 Kick off 3:00pm

ISI DANGKOR SENCHEY FC & Tboung Khmum (KMH PARK)

Match 4 | 24-10-2020 Kick off 3:00pm

Kampong Speu & ISI DANGKOR SENCHEY FC (Kampong Speu)

Match 5 | 07-11-2020 Kick off 3:00pm

Svay Rieng & ISI DANGKOR SENCHEY FC (TBC)

Match 6 | 14-11-2020 Kick off 3:00pm

ISI DANGKOR SENCHEY FC & Prey Veng FC (KMH PARK)

Match 7 | 21-11-2020 Kick off 3:00pm

RithiSen FC & ISI DANGKOR SENCHEY FC (Hun Sen Kampong Tralach)

Match 8 | 28-11-2020 Kick off 3:00pm

Koh Kong FC & ISI DANGKOR SENCHEY FC (Koh Kong High School)

Match 9 | 05-12-2020 Kick off 3:00pm

TIFFY ARMY U21 & ISI DANGKOR SENCHEY FC (OLD STADIUM)