Boeung Ket Angkor Hopeful to Represent Cambodia in TMCC Again
There is only one match left in 2016 edition of the Cambodian League, yet the champion is still to be decided. Boeung Ket Angkor FC and Ministry of National Defense FC are the 2 teams remaining to fight for the title. The winner will be qualified to play in the prestigious semi-final berth of the 2016 Toyota Mekong Club Championship and 2018 AFC Cup play-off place.
After 17 league matches played between both the teams, Boeung Ket Angkor FC have 44 points, merely one point ahead of their title contender, Ministry of National Defense FC. Cambodia’s first Pro Licensed coach Prak Sovannara will be facing another trophy-less year if they fail to get full 3 points from their final fixture against National Police FC on 10th September. Also Boeung Ket Angkor will be without any trophies for four consecutive seasons if they lose this game. Meanwhile, Tep Longrachana’s team, Ministry of National Defense FC is confident that they will win against the bottom team, Asia Euro United on 9th of next month, as they have recorded only 1 victory and 13 losses in their previous 17 topflight games.
The in-form 2016 Hun Sen Cup holder, Ministry of National Defense FC, commonly known as Army FC, having recruited Japanese centre back Taku Yanagidate, North Korean former national team players Jang Song-hyok, Ri Hyok-chol, Choe Myong-ho and Kim Kyong-hon. They believe that they will have no problems in winning their concluding game, as they will be too strong for Asia Euro United. However, Tep Longracha has also said that his team won’t be complacent in the match.
2015 Toyota Mekong Club runner’s up Boeung Ket Angkor, which started as an amateur team at district level before turning professional and created history in Cambodia football by winning the League’s maiden title in their debut season in 2012, took a step closer to their title chase after making a dramatic come back to clinch a 3-2 triumph over their arch rivals Phnom Penh Crown in a highly charged game, a fortnight ago, with last year’s TMCC MVP winner Chan Vathanaka grabbing a hat-trick. They went on to defeat host team Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng with a narrow margin of 1-0 last Friday, thanks to Gbenga Samuel Ajayi’s scoring the only goal of the match. Prak Sovannara described this outing as the title-deciding match because he thinks that their last opponent National Police FC is not as strong as the Ministry of National Defense FC, Phnom Penh Crown or Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng.
Despite playing without their Japanese playmaker Yuya Wada, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury which he suffered during the 2-2 draw against Ministry of National Defense FC last month. Cambodia’s Coach of the year in 2015, Sovannara, expects that the key players such as Cambodia national defender Hong Pheng, captain Khuon Laboravy, Chhun Sothearath and Nigerian wing wizard Esoh Paul Omogba will recover on time for the last match on 10th next month. This will be a huge boost for the 2012 champions hoping to win the title this season.