The 2013 Anvaya League strides into its play-offs stage on Sunday, with four quarter-final knockout matches slated for the Mekong University field.
League leaders Bassac FC are the hot favourites to take the title as the only unbeaten team, having averaged scoring an impressive five goals per game more than their opponents. They kick off proceedings with a 7:30am game against the bottom side Red Cowboys, who have lost all of their ties often by substantial margins.
“We know that we are in a good position because we have same players who have played together for many years. We are very well organised as a team with good team spirit,” Bassac coach and captain Prince Amarithivong Norodom told the Post. “What is important is that we go into the game and focus on our quality and our performance. That is more important than focusing on others team.”
At 9:30am, fourth placed PSE take on fifth placed Tiger FC. PSE won both of their tightly contested meetings during the regular season.
PPIA (third) then face off with Anvaya Sporting Club (sixth) at 2:30pm in another fixture that could go either way.
Wrapping up the quarter-finals at 4pm is a contest between league runners-up Victory FC and strugglers KhmerDev. Victory boast the competition’s top scorer Bun Sokha, who has found the back of the net 32 times, nine more than his nearest Golden Boot rival Nhep Roatha of PSE.
Hotshot Sokha, 29, from Kandal province told the Post he had never played for a professional club, but had represented Khan Chamkarmon in the Hun Sen Cup earlier this year.