Cambodia’s domestic Metfone C-League returned after a month-long layoff, with Boeung Ket Angkor FC securing a narrow 2-1 victory over NagaWorld FC on Sunday, as champions Crown rebounded with a 4-2 defeat of CMAC FC.
The field boasted many of the same players who just five days earlier beat Chinese Taipei in front of 60,000 National Team fans. This time around, there were decidedly less spectators to see goals from Cambodian duo Chan Vathanaka and Khuon Laboravy ensure all three points for the Rubbermen. A 74th-minute consolation for Naga came through Ivorian Anderson Zogbe.
Boeung Ket’s title challengers Ministry of National Defense FC scraped past Cambodian Tiger FC with a 2-1 win. A goal on either side of the half from North Korean attacker Choe Myong-ho led the Army men to an eighth win in nine games.
Defending champions Phnom Penh Crown welcomed CMAC FC to RSN Stadium on Sunday evening and dispatched of the visitors with a 4-2 win. Two goals from Leng Makara and one each for Keo Sokngon and Kok Boris solidified the win. Timothy Okereke scored both of CMACs goals.
The win moves Crown up to fifth in the standings.
At Svay Rieng, Preah Khan Svay Rieng FC hit four second-half strikes to send Asia Europe United FC crashing back to earth. AEU defeated Crown in their last league match although they were very much second best on Sunday as a double from Atuheire Kipson was complemented by one each from Hoy Phallin and Lee Jong-ho.
In the sole Saturday evening tie, National Police Commissary and Western FC, both of whom went into the clash without a win to their credit, played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Phnom Penh’s National Olympic Stadium.
Nay A Sary, in an open first half, put Western ahead by capitalising on poor opposition man-marking in the box, rifling home the opener in the 20th minute from just six yards out.
South Korean forward Lee Jae-jin then restored parity for the Police midway through half, before Saray struck again in the second half to give his side a 67th minute lead.
However, Tit Dina saved the blushes for the former Hun Sen Cup champions with an 81st minute equaliser courtesy of an unstoppable free-kick, which Western shotstopper Sos Proshim could do nothing to keep out.
Both clubs remain the only C-League teams without a win nine games into this latest C-League season and are rooted to the bottom of the league standings.
Toyota Preps for 2016 Mekong Championship
In other news, a glimpse of this year’s Toyota Mekong Club Championship was given in the form of a press release yesterday morning.
Toyota is planning to hold the tournament from November 2016 to January 2017. The tournament will feature winning teams from the domestic leagues of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. More details will be announced at the official press conference this coming October.
Thai powerhouse Buriram United won last year’s Toyota Mekong Club Championship after a 1-0 defeat of Cambodian representative’s Boeung Ket Angkor in the December final.
South American defender Andres Tunes scored the only goal of the game for the Thai Premier League champions as he helped his side pocket $75,000. Boeung Ket Angkor took home $50,000, while Vathanaka was awarded Most Valuable Player and $3,000 for notching five goals in the competition to help the Cambodians past Myanmar’s Yangon United, Lao Toyota FC of Lao and a surprise semifinal win over 2014 champions Becamex Binh Duong FC from Vietnam.