Shintaro Shimizu (清水 慎太郎, Shimizu Shintarō, born August 23, 1992) has signed for reigning champions and League Cup holders Phnom Penh Crown as their first major signing of 2023.
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A quality striker
Shinto has spent the majority of his career in the second and third tiers, which included nearly a decade with Omiya Ardija before joining Fagiano Okayama in 2020 and FC Ryukyu in 2021
Last season, the 30-year-old joined Nakhon Ratchasima of the Thai Premier League, where he played. 14 games scoring 2 goals, before becoming a free agent.
According to a source from the club he would provide “additional competition” to an already exciting front line, which helped the club secure back to back championships last year.
Japanese In Cambodia Football
As well as a number of Star players Japan has been a key partner in developing Cambodian football. Outgoing national coach Honda was one of Japans best ever players, whilst current Cambodian Premier League (CPL) CEO Satoshi Sato also hails from the same nation.
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Shimizu is expected to feature in upcoming League Cup, which begins this month and will act an an unofficial 2023 Cambodian “championship”.