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Top U-15 footballers prepare for school exams, eye U-16 Women’s Championship 

The two most outstanding players in the U-15 girls’ football team are studying hard for their school exams this month before joining the U-16 team for the 2017 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship to be hosted by Thailand in September.
After their exams, the girls will start training with the U-16 squad and hope to best their efforts in the AFC U-15 Championship which took place in Vientiane earlier this month.
The team’s star players were defender Lanoy Vongsingkham and midfielder Kemmy Phatdala.
Lanoy is now in Grade Six at Chanthabouly district secondary school. Aged 14, she was born in Chansavang village in Chanthabouly district. She has exams starting on May 26 until the end of the month before she takes up training again. As well as football, she enjoys sepak takraw.

Defender Lanoy Vongsingkham (right) tries to block a pass from a Thai striker.

This year was Lanoy’s first appearance with the U-15 squad and she hopes to join the national junior team in the future.
She hopes that more intensive training will help to improve her teamwork and ball control. As well as being a defender, she is also happy in the positions of goalkeeper and midfielder.
Her parents have always been supportive of her training. She first took up football in primary school when she and her friends would play on the school field. One of her best subjects at school is history and she gets good marks in her history tests each month while getting an average grade in her other subjects.
Because she is so fond of sports she hopes to do a course in physical education at the National University of Laos after completing secondary school. Further down the road she would like to work in the field of sports.
Lanoy has two older sisters and a younger brother, who are also studying.
She has her sights set on the 11th National Games in Xieng Khuang province next year, but doesn’t know whether will represent a province or a ministry in the event.
Midfielder Kemmy Phatdala lives in Thadeua village, Hadxaifong district, where she goes to school and is also revising for exams. She injured her right leg during the AFF U-15 Girls’ Championship but is confident she will recover by next month before beginning training with the U-16 team.
Kemmy played a pivotal role as a midfielder with the U-15 team and is hoping her efforts will earn her a place on the national team at some point in the future.
U-16 team coach Mr Vongmisay Soubouakham said the two girls are earmarked for the team which will play in the 2017 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship and are on course to become higher-level national footballers and again represent Laos on the international stage.
Group A of the upcoming 2017 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship comprises Thailand, China, South Korea and Laos. Laos will play Thailand on September 10, China on September 13, and South Korea on September 16.

By Sangkhomsay Bubphanouvong  
(Latest Update May 20, 2017 )

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