Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Kiriviong crisis sees double resignation

Kiriviong crisis sees double resignation

Kiriviong crisis sees double resignation

100101_15
Tunji Ayoyinka (left) and Alex Ikeduba pose with their new team’s scarf after signing for Loei City FC from CPL team Phnom Penh Crown.

A recent management crisis at Cambodian Premier League (CPL) side Kirivong Sok Sen Chey has seen the resignation of club President Leang Khun and coach Andrew Ehiwarior. According to vice President Somay Sokea, the President has decided to resign “due to some interference within the club that did not go down well with him.” The Nigerian born Ehiwarior cited similar reasons for his departure, just two months into his year long appointment at the Takeo based side, adding that management has failed to meet contractual obligations. “Rather than me staying and not giving my best, I have decided to leave,” he remarked.

Assistant coach Lean Chansaren will now take care of the team as they head to Kep for the start of the 2010 Samdech Hun Sen Cup campaign, which sees them face relegated CPL rivals Phouchung Neak in the opening match January 8.

Ith Sok, Deputy Governor of Takeo, is purported to take over as the president of Kirivong Sok Sen Chey pending the approval of main sponsor Sok An, while Lean Khon has pledged to continue supporting the club.

CPL stars head to Thailand
Thai football club Loei City FC has signed players Alex Ikeduba and Tunji Ayoyinka from CPL side Phnom Penh Crown following off-season trials held in the Thailand. The Nigerian born duo have declined to reveal the details of their contracts, but noted the benefits of playing in Thailand.

“The pay is much better than what I got in Cambodia for the two seasons I have been here, and the move will also give me more exposure as the Thai league is much more developed than the Cambodia League,” said Ikeduba.

For Ayoyinka, who had unsuccessfully pursued a contract in Turkey during the 2009 CPL season, the move to Thailand is a welcome opportunity.

“It is not really what I wanted, but its a huge leap for me, and hopefully will help to launch me further in my career,” he said. “Its a good deal compared to what we get [in Cambodia], besides, the team plays about 32 games in the league and also take part in two other cup competitions which will afford us the chance to get more exposure.”

Loei City FC were founded this year, winning the third tier regional Northeast division 2 which was also in its inaugural year. As champions, they were granted entry into the 2009 Regional League Championships, in which they came agonisingly short of a Premier League birth.

Both Nigerian players are set to join their new club at training on January 4 when the preseason preparations begin.

MOST VIEWED

  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • China-Cambodia tourism forum held

    The Cambodian tourism sector must be prepared to welcome a growing number of Chinese tourists, as they lead the globe in the number of outbound travellers and were responsible for the most visitors to the Kingdom last year, the country’s tourism minister said on