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Prek Pra aim to keep relegation fight on the pitch

Prek Pra aim to keep relegation fight on the pitch

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Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun

Prek Pra’s Sos Souhana (left) challenges Kirivong’s Brian Edem during their April 3 Metfone C-League match at Olympic Stadium.

Today’s Metfone C-League clash at Olympic Stadium gives Prek Pra Keila as good a chance as any to pull themselves out of the relegation zone when they face Kirivong Sok Sen Chey at 3pm. Prek Pra head coach El Fatel has decided to distance himself and his squad from Saturday’s chaotic scenes of fighting in the stands between Prek Pra fans and military police, instead concentrating on their precarious league position.

“Our players still play will intelligence and a healthy respect for the laws of the game. We hope that we will grab the win over Kirivong,” he said.

El Fatel noted the main factor for a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Kirivong in their previous encounter was a defective defence, while at the same time expressing a concern for their existing front line.

“Captain Khin Voeun is an important force in our defence. What we have to strengthen is our efficiency in scoring goals,” he added.

Young goalkeeper Sen Mansoth will be drafted in to replace their first choice stopper Yok Ary, who was controversially sent off during Saturday’s match against Build Bright United, while defender Sos Hanafi is also set to miss out with suspension after gathering two consecutive yellow cards.

Kirivong, who have had a recent shake up in their management structure, are in the middle of three mid-week fixtures after losing 2-1 to Naga Corp last week.

The Takeo based team will also be adjusting to the loss of midfielders Meak Chordaravuth and Pov Phearith to National Defence Ministry, while Heng Kimhong is serving a suspension.

Nevertheless, Kirivong still retain some class in their ranks with Song Dara lighting up the midfield with his fearsome skill and fine distribution of the ball and Nigerian striker Nelson Oladiji always posing a threat up front.

Kirivong captain In Vichheka, who can play in nearly any position, hopes to return for his team after missing last week’s match. 

TRANSLATED BY IN SOPHENG

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