With the Metfone C-League reaching its halfway stage, teams have taken the chance to revamp their squads ahead of the second half of the season which gets underway this weekend.
Perhaps the biggest coup sees former C-League champs Phnom Penh Crown announce a double swoop for two of the league’s finest talents – re-signing fleet-footed South African winger Shane Booysen as well as snatching dangerous striker Dzarma Bata in the process.
According to team manager Keo Sokngon, Booysen’s attributes can help and his success at Crown in his previous spell at the club show his game-changing qualities.
“We know of Booysen’s ability which can help us greatly,” Keo Sokngonn told reporters. “We want to increase our [options in] attack as we only had Paulo [Victor], and Booysen has league experience. His success and ability made it an easy decision for us to bring him back,” he added.
Booysen, a fan favourite, lifted the Metfone Cambodian League with Crown in the 2015 campaign forming a deadly partnership with fellow African frontman George Bisan. However, injuries curtailed his progress at Crown and he was released to join Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng in the first half of 2018. He then was transferred to National Police Commissary for the first round of 2019.
Dzarma Bata, a journeyman striker and winner of the leagues Golden Boot, has turned out for a host of the league’s top sides including Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng, Boeung Ket and others.
Crown recently announced the arrival of midfield playmaker and Afghanistan international Mustafa Zazai. The 26-year old comes to Crown via Kelantan FA of Malaysia, having previously turned out for lower league clubs in Germany and Thailand.
Signed as a replacement for departed Japanese midfielder Shuhei Mitsuhashi, the Afghan said he was excited to turn out for the Red Singha.
Elsewhere, Angkor Tiger announced the signing of Spaniard Fernando ‘Cozar’ Torres albeit not the World Cup winner of Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea fame. However, the 28-year old midfielder has been turning out for Helsinki IFK since debuting with Cadiz B in 2011.
At Visakha, a shakeup at the top has seen club coach Hok Sochivorn replaced by interim head coach Tunji Ayoinina Akeeb.