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Naga aiming to strike at Ministry of Defence

The second week of action in the Metfone C-League features a tough contest between last season’s runners-up NagaWorld and the Ministry of National Defence at Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

The teams take the pitch for a 3.30pm kickoff in differing moods in tune with their performances last week.

The Armymen displayed their firepower in no uncertain terms during a 4-1 defeat of National Police, one that illustrated the fact that the team has never worn a stronger look than this in recent years.

Though trophy laurels have eluded this robust Army outfit but for the 2010 Hun Sen Cup triumph, giant-slaying when it is least expected is one of their strengths.

NagaWorld were caught napping when Western Phnom Penh shot into their early lead, but the two-time champions saw their new signing this season, Privat Mbarga, get them out of trouble.

Coach Meas Channa would obviously be keen on his players showing better coordination against an opposition that is much sturdier than the one they faced in that first encounter.

The Chan Vathanaka magic worked yet again for Boeung Ket Angkor, although coach Prak Sovanara’s men left it late before earning three precious points against a battling Asia Europe United deep into injury time.

Last season’s league-toppers take on a Western Phnom Penh side seemingly well prepared to put another big team reputation to the test.

Having kick-started his stint as head coach with a comfortable victory over Cambodian Tiger, Spaniard Oriol Mohedano will be eager to steer Crown past National Police in today’s only fixture at Olympic Stadium.

In Sunday’s game at Olympic Stadium, Asia Europe, who went down fighting to Boeung Ket, will be up against Cambodian Mines Action Center, who found themselves on the wrong end of a 6-2 drubbing by home side Preah Khan Svay Rieng.

It will be Cambodian Tiger FC’s turn to make that road trip to Svay Rieng on Sunday in what could be the second week’s closest contest.

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