Phnom Penh Crown’s Kok Boris has confirmed his departure from the former C-League champions.
The tough defender, whose contract ended in December, penned an emotional post to social media on Monday, his words interspersed with pictures of his five years at the club.
“This is with sadness and emotions that I say this is [the] end of [my] story with my heart team Phnom Penh Crown FC,” reads the post titled End of an Era.
Signed in 2012, defensive lynchpin Boris, 26, was paired in the centre of defence with now departed African Tony Obadin and led Crown to two C-League titles during his stay with the club.
However, since their 2015 C-League win, Crown have underperformed, a fact acknowledged by Boris.
“We spent great and sad moments together: 2x Champions of MCL and not good results these last two years. But the most important for me was I didn’t found a football team in PPCFC but a true family, senior team like academy teams.
“I would stay many years more with PPCFC. But today the new direction of the team said they didn’t need me for the next seasons so I must respect their decision.
“I’m sorry for PPCFC’s fans, this is not my decision but if this is for the best decision of PPCFC I can understand them. This is Life…”
Boris signed off by thanking several Crown players with whom he shared the pitch and reiterated his commitment to Crown as a fan.
“I will never forget this adventure and PPCFC will stay in my heart forever. Good bye PPCFC I will stay your fan number 1.”
Crown, now under the stewardship of Englishman Sean Sainsbury, are on course to sign further players after recently securing the services of a pair of forwards in Pouya Hussein and Jorrin John and central defender Jonny Campbell.
During Crown’s recent friendly match with Soltilo Angkor, Japanese trialist Atsushi Shirota played the second-half in a 2-0 victory.
Shirota, 26, turned out for Hougang United in the Singaporean S-League last season and could be the latest signing for Sainsbury as he seeks to rebuild a fractured team in his image.