PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – Phnom Penh Crown FC (PPCFC) have confirmed the departure of national team goalkeeper Sou Yaty to fellow Metfone C-league rivals Boeung Ket Angkor FC on a permanent deal.
The 23-year-old Yaty will join former PPCFC teammate Hong Pheng, who was transferred to Boeung Ket last month.
The transfer of Yaty completes PPCFCs clear-out of the four players that the club suspended following an undisclosed incident that occurred while the team was on tour in China.
While PPCFC officials have refused to provide details of the incident, the club indicated that the players had committed a “serious breach of club rules.”
The other two players, Khim Borey and national team captain Kouch Sokumpheak, were transferred to NagaWorld FC.
Yaty was deservedly crowned as the league’s best goalkeeper during PPCFC’s league championship win last season, and had firmly established himself as a fan favorite at the club.
2014 C-League champions PPCFC signed Yaty from the Ministry of National Defense FC in September of 2013, after he had starred there for five years.
Signed as a budding 21-year-old talent, Yaty developed under the tutelage of PPCFC coach Sam Schweingruber.
He quickly cemented his place in the national team through a series of impressive performances in both the league, as well as on the international scene.
He made his senior international debut against East Timor in the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup qualifiers in Myanmar, and has rarely been out of contention since.
The signing of Yaty and Pheng represents Boeung Ket’s commitment to bolster their squad during the off season, after finishing in second place in the C-League table last year.
Boeung Ket also parted ways with coach John McGlynn following their heavy 3-0 loss to NagaWorld in the Hun Sen Cup.
The club announced that assistant coach Hao Socheat will temporarily take charge of the first team as the club hunts for another foreign coach to take the post.
With only two months remaining until the start of the 2015 C-League season in late March, further moves and new looks are inevitable for last year’s top teams.