Phnom Penh Crown open up their Group C Hun Sen Cup account this week, against the National Defense Ministry (Army) team at Tonle Bati on Thursday 22 Jan (kick-off 3.30pm). Crown head coach Sam Schweingruber has selected a squad of 19 Cambodian players - as no foreign players are allowed to participate. The squad includes 8 new faces, who have recently joined the club after trials, and Sam had this to say about the new signings: “Under pressure to fill the squad for the forthcoming cup matches, we have signed a number of young players with potential. All of them need time to adjust to the higher level of football at Phnom Penh Crown but they are working hard to catch up. As we have seen in the last few friendly games, some of them already have had some impact and we hope to see more from them in the next few months.”
The squad numbers for the Hun Sen Cup are as follows: (* = new signing):
1 - Yok Ary GK; 3 - Thourng Da; 4 - Touch Sokheng; 8 - Ouk Sothy; 9 - Bin
Thierry; 13 - Um Tola*; 15 - Long Boran*; 16 - Sary Matnorotin; 17 - Sos
Suhana; 18 - Kok Boris; 20 - Va Sokthorn; 23 - Leng Makara; 26 - Ngoy
Srin; 28 - San Usarphea* GK; 31- Chey Chetra*; 33 -
Sor Polo*; 34 - Hour Lavy*; 35 - Lous Chaly*; 30 - Chhom Pisa.
The next two Hun Sen Cup matches will be played on:
Sun 25 Jan - PPCFC vs UYFC Battambang - 3.30pm @ Tonle Bati
Wed 28 Jan - PPCFC vs Boeung Ket Angkor - 3.30pm @ Tonle Bati.
Goalkeeper San Usarphea (aged 23) is from Battambang and joins us after playing half a dozen matches for CMAC in the Division 1A play-offs. He was with BBU for a spell last season.
Midfielder Hour Lavy (aged 20) was born in Svay Rieng and has played
with Chhlam Samuth and at BBU for the past two years. He was recently
with CMAC for their Division 1A challenge.
Striker Sor Polo (aged 19) was born in Sihanoukville and played for his home town team since he was 14 years old. He scored 7 goals in 6 matches as Sihanoukville won the recent Division 1A play-offs.
Winger Chey Chetra (aged 17) comes from Kirivong in Takeo and recently
played for Western University in the SEA University Games in Indonesia.
He spent the last two years with the Suphanburi FC Academy in Thailand.
Striker Um Tola (aged 25) was born in Battambang,
played for the Samdech Ov High School and his provincial team as a
youngster. He also played for the Crossroads club, the SALT
organization, Western University for three years and a brief spell with
the Thaneakea Srov team. He played for Western University in the
C-League during 2012.
Another Battambang-born winger, Long Boran
(aged 23), also played for Western University for two years, alongside
Tola. He appeared for Samdech Ov High School and his provincial team, as
well as the SALT Organisation and Thaneakea Srov before moving to live
in Phnom Penh in 2011 to study.
Winger Lous Charly (aged 18) comes from Thmor Koul in Battambang, played for Monivong High School, and also represented Battambang Police for the last two years.
Midfielder Sean Pisa (aged 18) joined Crown as part of the transfer
deal that took Hong Pheng to Boeung Ket. Another native of Battambang,
he played for Thaneakea Srov in his home town before ten matches for BBU
and three games for Boeung Ket, who he joined last year. He is
unavailable for the Hun Sen Cup.