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Naga edge out BBU in burned-up conflict

Photo by: NICK SELLS (www.nicksellsphotography.com)
Naga Corp’s Om Thavarak (right) makes a tackle on Build Bright United’s Tuy Sam during their Metfone C-League match Wednesday.

THE solitary midweek Metfone C-League game kicked off Wednesday in 38-degree heat, and the temperature and humidity soon took its toll on the two teams. It was simply too hot to play decent football.

In an eminently forgettable first half, Naga Corp twice went close through Chin Chom and Kim Chanbunrith. Build Bright United, meanwhile, failed to register a shot on target.

On the hour, Naga broke the sweat-induced stupor when Joseph Oyewole outjumped the BBU defence to steer Chin Chom’s corner over the line with a well-directed header. A minute later BBU’s Augustine Ogbni should have levelled but failed to pull the trigger quick enough from a yard out as goalkeeper Mak Theara came to the rescue.

That was about the sum of the action, with Naga just deserving their 1-0 win, but looking a shadow of the team that won the league championship last season.

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