Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Crown release 2

Phnom Penh Crown are busy behind the scenes, preparing for the new season, which will begin with the Hun Sen Cup in early January. At the moment, the playing staff are on a well-earned close season break before they return for fitness training in the middle of November and then step up a gear, with two sessions a day, from the start of December. Head coach David Booth and his coaching team have identified changes to the playing squad, despite the club lifting the Metfone C-League championship and finishing as runners-up in the AFC President's Cup last season. Two players who have been released from their contracts with the club are the experienced pairing of San Narith (pictured) and Sun Sovannrithy. Both are former national team players who joined Crown last season and played their part in the club's successful campaign, though ended it with red cards in the AFC President's Cup final in Taiwan. It looks likely they will join Naga Corp, according to reports.


Anonymous said...

Hi andy, what happened to the crown academy? could you please share any about them. Thanks!

Andy Brouwer said...

The PPCFC Academy boys are continuing to train every day and go to school in the afternoons. They have all the major Khmer holidays off to go to see their families. They haven't played any matches recently as they are having a hard job to find teams who are of a suitable level to play them.

We have 2 foreign volunteers (husband and wife) helping out with the Academy boys, who I will introduce online in due course. They help out when they have spare time from their normal day jobs.

The boys are also receiving English lessons every week as an extra curriculum activity, so not only will they play football well, they'll be speaking great English too.

One of the boys, Phoeun Sopheak and the head coach Dary are due to spend time in New Zealand in November as part of the tie-in with the Asia Pacific Football Academy (APFA). This will be a fabulous experience for both of them and a great opportunity for Pheak to pit himself against other boys in a completely new environment.

All the boys must show that their football and academic development is on course, in order to stay with the Academy each year. Both of these go hand in hand with the boys remaining with the PPCFC Academy. A 2nd in-take of Academy recruits will be considered towards the end of 2012.