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.
Defender Leng Narin, formerly with the Army team

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