English legend Sir Bobby Charlton will visit Cambodia next month to take part in a landmine victim awareness programme. Charlton will tour parts of Cambodia's mine-infested northwest, said Khek Ravy, vice president of the Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC).
A consummate sportsman whose speed and deadly long-range shot rated him as one of England's best-ever footballers, his visit is also intended to breathe some life into Cambodia's national side, which rests 169th out of 208 teams on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
"Many people see him as a hero. His fame will help our football programmes," Khek Ravy told AFP. He added that no exact date has been set yet for Charlton's visit.
Charlton retired from professional football in 1973 after a career with Manchester United and England. He was crucial to England's 1966 FIFA World Cup™ triumph, and appeared in 105 international matches, scoring 49 goals.