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Final outings for MCL’s top teams

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Kirivong striker Nelson Oladiji (left) and Chhlam Samuth defender Kao Viso in their first leg match on May 11.

The clash between Phnom Penh Crown and Naga Corp on Sunday afternoon is the final match of the 2011 Metfone Cambodia League season, while the National Police Commissary, Build Bright United, Kirivong Sok Sen Chey and Chhlam Samuth have to play their last games on Saturday.

National Police vs Build Bright United
Saturday, September 3, 2pm
Key players: Hy Sok Veng & Pich Sina

Build Bright United could have a final chance to finish in fourth place if they grab a win over National Police on Saturday. Striker Pich Sina will continue as a hero for the University-backed side, while he is the team’s top scorer with nine goals. Head coach Meas Sam Oeun could use midfielder Seng Kosen and Sem Bunny if strikers Chea Sophany and Heng Sokly are not sharp. Midfielder Hy Sok Veng will play against his former club BBU. Although It is just an exhibition game, the Police side will try their best to showcase and will not disappoint their fans like they did against Prek Pra last Sunday. Noun Borey and Long Nasy play as a partnership in the front, while defender Ly Arifin and Sob Ravy must try till the end or the Police side will concede goals.

In the first leg, National Police beat their opponents 3-1, while captain Sophal Udom had a hat-trick.

Kirivong vs Chhlam Samuth
Saturday, September 3, 4pm
Key players: Ayodele Silva & Heng Kimhong

This meeting will be a crucial match for Chhlam Samuth, while they need to win to stay in the top flight next season. Now the navy side are standing in the relegation zone with 13 points, two points behind Prek Pra. The three foreign players, Ayodele Silva, Sanny Dauda and Paul Olabode, must try their best and show off their abilities to give Chhlam Samuth the full three points. However, they will not have to lose their focus in the defence, so Kao Viso, Ek Sovannara, San Thydeth and goalkeeper Pich Rovinyothin must not concede any goals.

However, it doesn’t seem to be easy for Chhlam Samuth because Kirivong would not like their current sixth place. So, to finish higher, midfielder Heng Kimlong will be an important man in the forwards, co-operating with Nelson Oladiji and Ouk Thon. In the first leg, Kirivong Soksenchey grabbed a 3-1 win. For this game, Kirivong will gain support from Prek Pra’s fans.

Phnom Penh Crown vs Naga Corp
Sunday, September 4, 3pm
Key players: Takahito Ota & Esoh Omogba

Despite finishing with a draw, a loss or a win, Phnom Penh Crown can still celebrate winning the title at the end of the match, while Naga Corp are still standing in second place. Now Phnom Penh Crown have 44 points and a four point lead over Naga Corp. However, to show off their strength in front of their fans at the close of the season, they will try to showcase their abilities. Andy Brouwer, who is Phnom Penh Crown’s media officer, has claimed midfielder Phoung Narong, defenders Tieng Tiny, Thul Sothearith and Sun Sovanrithy would miss the game for suspensions, so young defenders Sok Sovan, Seung Vanthan could have the chance to play in the first line-up.

Japanese midfielder Takahito Ota will not forget that Phnom Penh Crown have been beaten 4-0 at the hands of Naga Corp in the first leg when he made his debut, so he will try to attack into Naga’s area. David Booth, who is Crown’s English head coach, still looks forward to securing his unbeaten record since starting the second leg.

Surprising defeats at the hands of National Police, Prek Pra Keyla and Build Bright United caused Prak Sovanna’s Naga Corp to lose their big chances to challenge for the title from Phnom Penh Crown.
Striker Julius Oiboh who will win the golden boot as the top scorer with 27 goals, is still a big threat in Phnom Penh Crown’s area. For a few matches, Esoh Omog didn’t seem to pass the ball perfectly, so he must recover his form to find chances to score goals.

While Teat Chandarasokha has been injured, Soeung Monyroth will become an important force to secure the defence for Naga Corp.

TRANSLATED BY IN SOPHENG

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