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MCL newcomers clash

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Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun

Chhlam Samuth’s Sanny Dauda (left) is set to star in today’s Metfone C-League match against fellow promotees Rithy Sen.

Today’s Metfone C-League clash at 3pm at Olympic Stadium features the two newly promoted sides Chhlam Samuth and Rithy Sen. The Sea Sharks, a composition of two former top tier clubs Phouchung Neak and Wat Phnom, have already announced their arrival with the high profile 3-2 scalp of Build Bright United in their opening match, and then a stunning 2-2 draw with 2011 Hun Sen Cup winners Preah Khan Reach.

Kampong Chhnang oufit Rithy Sen, meanwhile have found the going tough, suffering 6-0 and 9-0 demolitions at the hands of National Defence Ministry and reigning league champions Phnom Penh Crown respectively.

Chhlam Samuth coach Kim Pheakdey is relishing the chance to take revenge for Phouchung Neak’s 2-0 defeat by Rithy Sen during last year’s Division A1 semifinal playoffs. Nigerian players Sanny Dauda and Paul Olabode and veteran striker Pov Samnang have stood out for the Sea Sharks in their first two games, while the squad also boasts former national futsal team member Chet Chanrachana in midfield as well as the recent recruits Loch Sophea, Chhun Kirivatharo and San Thydeth who all signed from crisis-hit Khemara Keila.

Meanwhile Osman Karim, the newly appointed coach of Rithy Sen, is keen not to see his team suffer the same fate as Chhma Khmao. Last year, the Svay Rieng club made their short-lived debut in the premier league, recording identical 6-0 and 9-0 losses in their opening matches and going on to claim just four points all season before their inevitable relegation.

Despite lacking from top level experience, Rithy Sen have some notable talents at their disposal including forwards San Osman, Seth Kamel and Ouk Channarin, who will all be looking to open their accounts today.

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