With the successful run of Albirex Niigata Singapore since its launch in 2004, a Cambodian team is set to start next year though it will be largely comprised of local playersAlbirex Singapore Pte Ltd who run Albirex Niigata FC Singapore have announced that a Cambodian franchise will be launched for 2014. Dubbed Albirex Niigata Phnom Penh FC, the club will be based in the capital and participate in the nation's top flight Metfone Cambodian League next year.
Unlike Albirex Niigata Singapore, however, the Cambodian subsidiary will be comprised largely of local players with the foreign player quota filled by Japanese players.
"The club aims to contribute to international society and to export Japanese sports business," Albirex Singapre Pte Ltd stated via a media statement.
"By offering Japanese quality coaching style in daily training sessions and games, the club will strive to raise the level of Cambodian football. Albirex Niigata Phnom Penh FC will also hope to raise the value of sports in Cambodia by operating a football club in Japanese style and contributing Cambodian society. Through these activities, we will try to be a role model as a leading company in the Japanese sports business."
The company also revealed that the Cambodian venture was the first step in expanding the business model across Asia with the intent of promoting Japanese sports as an export industry.
Albirex Niigata Phnom Penh FC will be the 11th team in participation in the Cambodian League started in 1982. All 11 clubs are based in Phnom Penh with the season running from January to July. Boeung Ket Rubber Field who took part in the Singapore Cup this year are the 2012 champions.
Japanese players for Albirex Niigata Singapore and Albirex Niigata Phnom Penh for the 2014 season will be selected following a trial to be held in Japan in December.