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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Obadin is back
Coach Sam Schweingruber welcomes Odion Obadin to the Crown ranks
A familiar face is back in the Phnom Penh Crown squad, with central defender Odion Obadin re-joining
the club earlier today. Obadin spent the last two seasons with Crown
before coming to the end of his contract and spending some time in
Myanmar looking for a club, before returning to Phnom Penh and being
welcomed back into the Crown fold by new head coach Sam Schweingruber.
The 24-year old was a popular member of Crown's C-League title winning
team in 2011, which also lost out narrowly in the AFC President's Cup
final. Touted as the best defender in the league, Obadin and the rest of
the Crown team endured a less-than-successful campaign last time around
and he'll be looking to put that behind him under the new coach. Born
in Lagos, the Nigerian stopper played his football with Pero, Heart of Lions, and Shooting Stars in his home country before joining Gombak United in the Singapore
League. He made the move to Cambodia originally joining Crown in
November 2010, and will be the club's second foreign player, with Nelson
Oladiji, for the coming season. Also joining him in the PPCFC squad
will be another defender, Leng Narin. A Phnom Penh native, Narin (27) joined the Ministry of National Defense team as a teenager and spent his whole time
with the Army before leaving them in 2011. During his spell, Army won
the Hun Sen Cup in 2010 and were CPL runners-up in 2007 and 2008. Narin
also played for Santhormuk High School, winning the schools provincial
cup competition. More recently he has been working on Koh Rong island
before joining Crown after a successful trial.