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Police’s Tith Dina (right) contests a header with Naga’s Teab Vathanak during their MCL game on June 30 last year
Police’s Tith Dina (right) contests a header with Naga’s Teab Vathanak during their MCL game on June 30 last year. Sreng Meng Srun

Police clash with Naga

The Metfone C-League resumes at its two regular venues for the weekend’s six-game card after a Samdech Hun Sen Cup brouhaha which saw National Police Commissary pick up their first piece of silverware in domestic football.

Fresh from that maiden cup success, the Police, who are currently fourth in the league running, take on Naga Corp, who are sitting second behind leaders Phnom Penh Crown, at the Old Stadium in tomorrow’s stand-out fixture.

A lot is riding on the game for both sides. While spirits are quite high in the Police camp, Naga’s cup campaign ended on a controversial note in their third-place play-off against Boeung Ket Rubber Field. 2009 league champs Naga are determined to put that unsavory business behind them.

In the opening game tomorrow at Old Stadium, Boeung Ket, who were shocked in the cup semi-finals by Build Bright United, will be keen to recapture their winning form when they face Asia Europe University. Going by their relative strengths, the 2011 and 2012 MCL winners clearly hold an advantage over AEU and should relish going up against a team which has shown its gutsy side more than once this season.

Over at the Olympic Stadium, a buoyant BBU will be up against Ministry of National Defence in what could be a tough call for both sides. Back-to-back wins over Crown and Boeung Ket before that 2-0 loss to Police in the cup final has considerably boosted BBU’s morale.

In the late evening fixture, table-topping Crown face TriAsia Phnom Penh while defending champions Svay Rieng will line up against Kirivong Sok Sen Chey in Sunday’s first match at the Olympic Stadium.

Bottom of the table Albirex Niigata will run into Western University, who are jostling for a better position in the league standings.

Weekend Fixtures

Saturday March 29
At Old Stadium
Boeung Ket v AEU – 1:30pm
Police v Naga – 3:45pm

At Olympic Stadium
MND v BBU – 3:30pm
TriAsia v Crown – 6pm

Sunday March 30
At Olympic Stadium
Svay Rieng v Kirivong 3:30pm
Albirex v Western – 6pm

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