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Casinos royale battle in Cup


The Samdech Hun Sen Cup final 3pm Saturday at Olympic Stadium looks set to be a thrilling match up between Casino-endorsed rivals Naga Corp and Phnom Penh Crown. The Post asked team managers and football celebrities about their predictions for the game.

Michael Thachnan
Naga Corp FC manager

Makara Be
Phnom Penh Crown manager

Hok Sochetra
Preah Khan Reach player/coach and former national team player

We are confident, for sure. I feel our strong defence can hold off the opposition and we will attack from the back. I think you will be surprised on Saturday to see a completely changed front line, although I'd prefer to keep quiet [about their identities]. I don't want to sound arrogant but I think there is no need to be concerned about any players in particular. All we should be concerned about is how to play as a team. We have three strengths in attack; penetration, crossing and power, meaning we will use our physicality to push through their defence.
I have confidence in my team for victory. They have been training well together and they receive good coaching. They show understanding of each other and our system of play and there is good cooperation amongst the team. We have nothing to cause us concern [from the Naga team] because we have prepared our team well. My players - they are all star players. They share the same quality and no one player is better than any other. We have a full team [available for Saturday's game] with no injuries to worry about.
I can't say which one will win in this competition because anthing can happen in football. However, I believe Crown to be the stronger team as they have young players with strong ability and faster legs while Naga have an older squad.
Prak Sovannara
Cambodian national team coach

Khim Borey
Ministry of Defence captain and national team captain

Crown players have better ability and are well disciplined. I think Crown has the best chance to win because Naga Corp field older players with less quality than Crown. However, the final will be close and it could go either way.

I think Naga Corp will win on Saturday against Phnom Penh Crown because their footballers are experienced and have won many awards in the past. Also [Naga Corp] have some good foreign footballers. Phnom Penh Crown players are young and lack experience.

Interviews by Thet Sambath and Dan Riley,
Photos by Nick Sells (www.nicksellsphotography.com) and Andy Brouwer

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