TMCC Match 3 Preview: Boeung Ket Angkor FC vs. Yangon United FC
Match three of the Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2015 will see 2015 Myanmar National League Champions, Yangon United FC, test themselves at the home of Cambodia’s Boeung Ket Angkor FC in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Sunday evening.
After solid performances from both sides in the tournament’s earlier games, there is little to separate the sides with Yangon United having a slight advantage in goal difference following their 5-2 win over Lao Toyota FC last Sunday. Boeung Ket Angkor meanwhile, could only muster a 2-0 win over the same opposition and will be looking for a win over their visitors on Sunday to progress to the next stage of the tournament.
After the departure of their star Brazilian duo of Cezar Augusto and Emerson in recent weeks, Yangon are vulnerable, although the arrival of Adilson Dos Santos Souza has gone some way to quell Yangon United supporters’ doubts. The Brazilian journeyman hit two goals past the Lao Toyota ‘keeper in game two of the TMCC and will hope to repeat the feat on Sunday against Boeung Ket.
Sou Yaty, the goalkeeper of the Cambodian side, however is an accomplished international for the Cambodian National Team and has already featured in last year’s TMCC as part of the Phnom Penh Crown FC squad. Dubbed ‘Super Save’ Yaty, he was instrumental in keeping the score to a respectable level in Cambodia’s recent 3-0 loss to Japan in a 2018 World Cup qualifier. Despite the brace of goals from teammate Chan Vathanaka, it was the 23-year old Yaty who was awarded the plaudits in game one of this season’s TMCC, bagging himself a man of the match award. Speaking after that game, Yaty remains confident that he will be able to play his part in helping his team to a coveted TMCC semi-final. “Game one was good for me individually, but we are a collective and we will need to rely and depend on each other if we are to go forward in this competition” he said.
Yangon United’s Yan Aung Kyaw, a goal-scorer in the 5-2 win over Lao Toyota, is ready for the challenge awaiting his side in match three. “Even though we have a few new players, the core is still here. Players like myself, Kyaw Ko Ko and the others know what we have to do if we want to go far in the competition” he said. “We are ready for anybody” he added.
Game three of the Toyota Mekong Club Championship will kick-off at 6:30 pm on Sunday, 29 November, at the 50,000 capacity National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.