Who else Phnom Penh Crown should sign to make them a serious title contender again following the arrival of Columbian attacking midfielder

មាស សុផាណារ៉ុង December 25, 2019


Phnom Penh៖ Phnom Penh Crown failed to prove they were the real Metfone Cambodian League title challengers in four successive seasons after they clinched their last league championships back in 2015.

PPCFC clinched their last league championships back in 2015

Boeung Ket went on to secure their second and third league titles in 2016 and 2017, but Naga World denied Boeung Ket’s third league title in three consecutive seasons as they lifted the trophy in 2018. Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng produced a sensational season as they won the league with one defeat throughout last season.

Phnom Penh Crown, who finished sixth in the league last season, became less favourite to win the league after they had promoted their youth players the like of Orn Chanpolin, In Sodavid, Sin Kakada, Ken Chansopheak, Ouk Sovann, and Yeu Muslim, and many of them left the club to join their rival Visakha last season.

The Red Singha have just promoted five academy players to the first team ahead of the new league season and allowed several experienced players to leave the club, which doesn’t sound as the best news for their supporters.

Dzama Bata, who netted more than thirty-league goals last season, has just left the club, with Va Sokthorn, Shane Booysen and Mustafa Zazai announced leaving the club, too. Former skipper Ouk Sothy retired from football.

With the departure of experienced players and replacing back with youngsters, Phnom Penh Crown are likely to find it hard to compete with other Cambodian giants.

Sum Vanna, however, has made four ideal signings including Esoh Omoga from Naga World and goalkeeper Um Vichet from Ministry of National Defense; meanwhile, center-back Kok Boris, has also returned to the club for the second spell.

The Phnom Penh Crown coach has found his second foreign player for the club, with Columbian attacking midfielder Andres Nieto unveiled as the Red Singha’s new signing yesterday.

Despite the arrival of Esoh Omogba, Kok Boris, Um Vichet, and Andres Nieto, Phnom Penh Crown need at least one more quality foreign striker as they cannot count on Paulo Victor, who missed several easy chances last season.

Sum Vanna should sign one more attacking midfielder with Asian nationality to fulfil the foreign player quota in Cambodia’s top flight.

A number of foreign players are seen on trial with Phnom Penh Crown, but the Phnom Penh side must go for quality rather than quantity should they want to challenge for the league title next season.


Photos Courtesy: Phnom Penh Crown FC

By: Sophak Huy