African Football Players in Cambodia
This chapter addresses the question of the migration of professional players in semi-peripheral football markets—African football players in the Cambodian League in this particular case—who today comprise the majority of athletes in the current globalized football scene. Specifically, the chapter depicts African players’ strategic sojourn in the league, the emergence of informal pan-African ties and of the rise of a distinctive style of play. The analysis differs from a prevailing theoretical orientation in studies on African players in Europe in that rather than presupposing the structural disadvantage of African footballers as a given, the discussion suggests a measure of agency in how players navigate Cambodia’s football system. African footballers, moreover, have had positive effect on the nature and level of football play in Cambodia.
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