Friday, January 11, 2013

Nelson takes center stage

PPCFC's new arrival - Nelson Oladiji, in BBU colours

Nelson with Crown coach Sam Schweingruber earlier today

The day before Phnom Penh Crown begin their 2013 Metfone C-League campaign against Build Bright United, the club have added prolific striker Nelson Oladiji to their ranks, though the 21-year-old Nigerian hitman won't be available until next week. Last season Oladiji was neck and neck with Nwakuna Friday for the Golden Boot award in the C-League, only losing out to the Boeung Ket top scorer at the death. He finished the season with 19 goals for his team National Police Commissary who finished the season in 4th spot. Born in Lagos, the Nigerian capital, his early football in his home country with Bosco FC and Bliss FC preceded his arrival in Phnom Penh for the 2009 season when he joined Khemara Keila, playing up front with PPCFC's Kouch Sokumpheak. The following season he spent with BBU, then a year with Kirivong netting 13 goals before last season's antics with National Police. He had a great year with Police last term and will be hoping to repeat his goalscoring prowess in a Crown jersey this season.

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