Wednesday, August 14, 2013

U-16 squad announced

Sam Schweingruber encourages his Cambodia U-16s squad
Fourteen members of the Phnom Penh Crown Academy have been selected in the 20-strong Cambodia U-16's national team squad selected earlier today by head coach Sam Schweingruber, who doubles up as head coach at Crown. The U-16s drew 1-1 with Kirivong U-19s first thing this morning at Tonle Bati, with In Sodavid scoring a scorcher of a goal just before half-time. Afterwards Schweingruber announced the twenty players he would be taking to Myanmar on Sunday, for the AFF U-16 Youth Championships, which kicks-off against Australia on 20th. Two players were released from the squad immediately after the match, namely Kim Chhaya and Mat Sakrovy.

The Crown Academy players who will be going to Myanmar are keeper Svang Samnang, defenders Suon Noeut, Long Phearath, Ouk Sovann, Sraing Titchhy, Ken Chansopheak, and Seut Baraing. Midfielders Orn Chanpolin, In Sodavid, Sath Rozak and Men Piphop are going too, alongside strikers Chhuot Senteang, Yeu Muslim and Pov Ponvuthy. Also in the squad are Boeung Ket's keeper Sem Mesa and five players from Svay Rieng, keeper Soam Sokundara, central defender Ouk Dinarong,, Kunthea Ravan and widemen, Chhoeung Sokheng and Chheam Ratana.

Alongside Schweingruber, his coaching assistants will be Bouy Dary, the Academy coach at Crown, Keo Kosal (Svay Rieng), Oung Kanyanith (head coach at National Police), John McGlynn, In Sokha (keeper coach from Svay Rieng) and Lidwina Niewold (physio at Crown). The travelling party leave on 18 August and play Australia (20th), Brunei (22nd), Vietnam (24th) and hosts Myanmar (28th). One name you will not of heard before is John McGlynn (pictured below). John is Liverpool-born and has a wealth of playing and coaching experience, particularly in Australia for the past thirty years. He joined up with Crown at the back-end of last season before he returned to Australia to complete his A-license coaching badge. He was with the Aston Villa youth academy before emigrating to Australia as a teenager. He joined the Australian Army for twelve years playing for the defense forces team and the country's amateur squad before taking up coaching with a series of teams in Perth, Western Australia. John progressed to become the head coach of the University and State teams. Having served with the United Nations in Cambodia in 1993, he has returned to support Sam Schweingruber at Crown.
John McGlynn, assistant coach at PPCFC

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