Phnom Penh Crown are on form recently after they secure fifteen points from their last five Metfone Cambodian League (MCL) matches, beating tough rivals the like of Ministry of National Defense and Angkor Tiger.
The Red Singha started their MCL season poorly as they were beaten 3-2 by Boeung Ket at the Smart RSN Stadium in their opening league match, and they were also hit by a big blow as their Brazilian striker Darlan Martins left the club.
Their situation went from bad to worse as center-back Jhonata Sant’anna, who is the heart of their defense, also departed before Brazilian coach Leonardo Vitorino parted company with the club.
Leonardo Vitorino signed five foreign players before the commencement of the 2019 Metfone Cambodian League, but only Paulo Victor has proved his quality following the departure of Brazilian goalkeeper Leonardo Oliveira and Japanese midfielder Shuhei Mitsuhashi, who is the latest foreign player to leave the club.
Phnom Penh Crown announced Leonardo Vitorino’s assistant Sum Vanna as their interim head coach after the departure of the Brazilian, who struggled to make impact at the six-time champions of Cambodia.
Sum Vanna is turning thing around at Phnom Penh Crown as he rebuilds the team spirit and morale, with the 38-year-old expected to receive a permanent deal as the club’s head coach after he helps Phnom Penh Crown grab five wins in a row.
The former Western Phnom Penh coach has just signed three foreign players including attacking duo Booysen Shane and Dzarma Bata and Afghanistan international midfielder Mustafa Zazai to bolster their attack for the second round of the league season.
With Booysen Shane, Dzarma Bata, and Paulo Victor upfront, Phnom Penh Crown are set to storm the second round of the season even though their title hope is likely out of reach as they are nine points behind league leaders Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng.
Photo of Booysen Shane (left) and Dzarma Bata (right) courtesy of Phnom Penh Crown FC
Booysen Shane and Brazilian striker Paulo Victor can give their opponents’ defenders a nightmare with their pace and skills that can create space and set up goal opportunity for Dzarma Bata, who is a talented goal scorer.
Photo of Paulo Victor courtesy of Phnom Penh Crown FC
With their new signings, the Red Singha are a team to watch for the second round of the Metfone Cambodian League as they will face their bitter rivals Boeung Ket this Sunday.
Featured image courtesy of Phnom Penh Crown