Saturday, October 13, 2012


Crown's foreign contingent have now departed: LtoR: Odion Obadin, Henry Asonibe, Kingsley Njoku, Emmanuel Frimpong, Melvin Tarley
The first list of players released by Phnom Penh Crown has been confirmed. As the club and new head coach Sam Schweingruber look to the future, there have been a number of established players who are leaving at the end of their current contracts. Schweingruber will look at some of the younger squad players very soon to decide whether to offer them a new contract or let them go. He will also hold open trials later this week (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) to see what new, untapped talent is available to him. The club have just completed their least successful C-League campaign for a long time and it was obvious that changes to the playing squad would follow. The four foreign players who appeared last season, will not have their contracts renewed. They are Emmanuel Frimpong, Odion Obadin, Henry Asonibe and Kingsley Njoku. The club will keep its options open as to its overseas contingent for next season. The other squad players who have been released are Chan Chaya, Sok Pheng, Chim Rathanak, Soeng Vanthan and Sok Sovan. All of these players have been with Crown for a few years and a change of club will hopefully give them a fresh impetus. There is talk that former national teamers Chaya and Sok Pheng have already agreed to join Kirivong, who have new sponsors and are flashing the cash to entice new players. Sovan is likely to join up with Boeung Ket. Keep your eyes peeled for more player movement at Crown.


Anonymous said...

Any reason to release so many players? Crown suffered last season because of releasing good players, why this season again?

Andy Brouwer said...

The season just finished was the club's worst for a long time. Too many players did not perform as expected. So the decision was made to clear the decks of some of the Khmer and the foreign players. We have a new coach, we have a new strategy and we effectively need to start again. The players we have released did not fit into our ongoing future strategy, its that simple.
After a poor season, its not unusual for a club to release a lot of players. Its how we recover and how we build up our squad again that will matter in the long run. We are looking to build a secure base for the future and we want players at the club who really want to join our which has not been attempted in Cambodia before.
The purpose of releasing these players is a very different one from the previous group of players who were sacked. The reasons are very different.