TMCC Match 1 Preview: Lao Toyota FC vs. Boeung Ket Angkor FC
Lao Toyota FC will welcome Boeung Ket Angkor FC to Vientiane, Laos for the opening match of the 2015 Toyota Mekong Club Championship on Sunday.
The much anticipated tie, to be hosted at the 15,000 capacity Chao Anouvong National Stadium, pits the visiting Cambodian league qualifiers against David Booth’s Lao Premier League champions.
Lao Toyota will be boosted by the news of Boeung Ket’s shock defeat at the hands of C-League side NagaWorld FC at the weekend. Boeung Ket were thoroughly played off the park, conceding three-goals in the very-first half.
Boeung Kets young talismanic attacker Chan Vathanaka was off-colour, and suitably quelled by the Naga defense and Lao Toyota will hope the defensive contingent of Moukda Souksavath, Shintaro Ihara and Saynakhonevieng Phommapanya can put the shackles on the fleet-footed 21-year old Cambodian on Sunday.
Boeung Ket are not immune to leaking goals, as was displayed on Sunday against NagaWorld. And is something which Lao Toyota forward pair, Kazuo Homma and Sitthideth Khanthavong, will be pleased to hear. Homma ended both the 2014 and 2015 season as the LPL top scorer and will hope he can replicate his deadly form on the regional stage. Burying 29-goals in opposition nets this season alone, the Japanese 35-year old will attempt to exploit space behind the midfield enforcer, Chhun Sothearath and test the wiles of defensive pairing Hong Pheng and Touch Pancharong.
However, Homma will then have to find a way past Cambodian national team keeper Sou Yaty, a veteran of last season’s TMCC, in which he turned out for 2014 C-League champions and Cambodian qualifiers Phnom Penh Crown FC. The Boeung Ket custodian was in fine form on the international stage recently, conceding only three goals against Asian giants Japan in a 2018 World Cup qualifier.
Lao Toyota can also depend on Ivorian midfield engine Frederic Pooda to provide steel in the middle of the park, and perhaps put a dampener on the trio of 35-goal hitman Vathanaka, Cambodian national team forward Khuon Laboravy and experienced Nigerian veteran Samuel Gbenga Ajayi.
Whatever, the methods employed by coach Booth, it is set to be an intriguing opener for the 2015 Toyota Mekong Club Championship and one which fans will not want to miss.