Diep Hoai Xuan, who joined V.League 1 outfit Dong Thap at the beginning of season, has fond memory of his spell in Cambodia.
Xuan was born in 1992 in Ca Mau Province, Vietnam. Growing up in a poor Khmer family, Xuan always dreamed of being a professional footballer to earn a living for his family.
He started his career playing for the youth team of Ca Mau as a goalkeeper before moving to forward position.
When Xuan was 17 years old, his tall physique caught the eyes of Dong Thap’s scouts. However, he had no chance in Dong Thap and quickly moved to Vinh Long which played in the lower division in 2013. After that, Xuan returned to Ca Mau and helped the team promote to V.League 2.
Having enjoyed success with Ca Mau, Xuan decided to move to Cambodia to seize his opportunities there. He was signed by Kirivong Sok Sen Che and quickly played a crucial part of the team in the Cambodian League.
Eventually he became one of the stars of the league and acquired Cambodian citizenship.
Thanks to his contribution, Xuan had been featured in the Cambodia All Star team before the promising defender, however, decided to return to Vietnam for new challenge with Dong Thap.
“Although I spent just one year playing in Cambodia, it was a sweet memory for me. I played a key role in Kirivong Sok Sen Che, so generally I was treated really well”, Xuan said.
Despite being able to play as a striker, Xuan is currently a centre back. The versatile footballer is expected to make key contribution to help Dong Thap compete in the Vietnam top-flight league this season.