Laos’ Lanexang United FC Beats Cambodia’s Boeung Ket Angkor FC in the Semi-Final Round of the Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2016
Lanexang United FC to play against Thailand’s Buriram United FC in the Finals Match
Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 31 December 2016 – The semi-final match of the Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2016 has taken place between Boeung Ket Angkor FC (representative of Cambodia) and Lanexang United FC (representative of Laos) today at the National Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Lanexang United FC emerged victorious with a score of 0-3 and will go on to compete in the finals with against Buriram United FC, Thailand. The semi-final’s was played passionately by both teams, with enthusiastic fans who cheered on their favourite teams.
Additionally, football-related games and activities were held in the stadium to further entertain fans. Fans that were unable to attend the match were treated to the online live stream available on the Toyota Mekong Club Championship You Tube page.
“I am very happy that my players could achieve what I had been encouraging them to do, like trying to keep possession and push on offense. The most important thing was that we played well as a team. We don’t have super stars, but we have a good team spirit. I always keep in mind that when I coach any team, I will give everything for the team and its supporters, ” said Leonardo Vitorino, Head Coach of Lanexang United FC.
“BoeungKet Angkor FC has a lot of good players, so we needed to give them very little space when they controlled the ball, and if we could do that, then we could control the game. Their forwards are really good, so our defenders and midfielders needed to be ready to mark and press them and give them no chances to play.”
On Buriram United FC who his team will compete against in the Finals, he added “I am very happy to meet my former club that I used to work with as the technical director of the youth team, because they helped me a lot. Buriram United FC is a strong team, and they have a lot of good players as well as several national team players. The Finals is very vital for us and we have a capable team. I hope that the Laotian people will support us because it will be a fantastic Finals. We have good players, but we also need the support from our fans. It is the first time a team from Laos plays in the final of a major tournament, so hopefully there will be many fans going to the game to cheer for us.”
PrakSovannara, Head Coach of Boeung Ket Angkor FC reflected “I accept that the quality of our game was slightly below that of our opponent. They played well as a team and I’d like to congratulate them on reaching the Finals. It is very unfortunate that some of our players got injured during a recent international tournament in Vietnam and could not be fit in time for this game. Our attack was okay it was our defense where we made errors”
The Finals will consist of two matches, the first being on 4 January 2017 in Vientiane, Laos, and the second on 8 January 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. This format has been modified from having only one final match last year to cater to the enjoyment of fans from both countries. Live streaming of both matches will also be made available on the TMCC YouTube page listed below.
The first Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2016 match took place on 5 November 2016 in Laos followed by 23 December in Vietnam, and 27 December in Myanmar. Among the representative teams from each of those three countries, Lanexang United FC emerged the winner of Round One and went on to Cambodia to compete today in the semi-final match with BoeungKet Angkor FC who were last year’s runner-up.
About the Toyota Mekong Club Championship
The Toyota Mekong Club Championship is a football tournament amongchampions from Mekong countries initiated by Toyota Motor Asia Pacific in2014 under the Toyota Mekong Football Project. It was founded to combine the passion and energy of football with Toyota’s constant pursuit to bring ‘ever-better’ cars to customers. Bringing sustainable, innovative and exciting solutions to every country has been a key focus for Toyota.
Toyota’s aim is to go beyond delivering ever-better cars and become a ‘Best Partner’ for each country. To this end, Toyota aims to enrich the lives of the communities in the Mekong region including Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam by supporting and furthering the development of the planet’s most popular game.
In Asia, Toyota has more than 200 initiatives that strengthen local communities through Arts & Culture, Healthcare, Community, Education, Environment, Road Safety and Sports. Some examples of Toyota’s initiatives in the region include the Toyota Classics Concert where all concert proceeds go to local charities; and the Regional Safety Campaign that advocates the importance of the seatbelt.
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