Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Army keen on closing the deal in MCL

Army keen on closing the deal in MCL

Army keen on closing the deal in MCL

After 21 game weeks, the first phase of the Metfone C-League season winds up this weekend, leading to the four-team playoffs later this month and the championship game on December 31.

The top three in the standings, Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng (46 points), Nagaworld (45) and Boeung Ket (45) are assured of places in the next stage while National Defence will have to get at least a draw against National Police to close the deal and kill any chances of Phnom Penh Crown swooping on them.

The most interesting match-up of the week is the one between leaders Svay Rieng and Crown, who need an away win and a slip up by Army to entertain the faintest hope of making the cut. Svay Rieng will be keen to ride out that slender advantage and top the league.

Elsewhere in the card it is routine business for Nagaworld, who are fresh from their narrow win over Boeung Ket in the Hun Sen Cup semifinal which is also moving to its climax at the end of the month. The Casino backed side travel to Siem Reap in a relaxed state of mind to face Cambodian Tiger, but finishing at the top of the league has to be their top priority.

On Wednesday evening, defender Sovannara's header off a corner early in the game proved decisive for Naga as they took a 1-0 advantage over Boeung Ket after their first-leg Cup semifinal.

Defending champions Boeung Ket take on Asia Euro United. But the game with a lot at stake for the Army is a tough test as they take on National Police.

In the bottom half of the draw, tail-enders Kirivong Sok Sen Chey and CMAC square off at Takeo, while Western welcome home Electricite du Cambodge, who can take pride in their 2-2 Hun Sen Cup draw against Svay Rieng on Wednesday in the first leg of the second semifinal.

MOST VIEWED

  • Investors’ $14.4M projects approved

    New investments from local and foreign sources continue to pour into Cambodia despite the Covid-19 pandemic remaining a lingering threat to regional and global economies. This comes as the Kingdom’s gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to contract between one and 2.9 per cent this

  • NagaWorld casinos set to reopen, schools to follow

    NAGACORP Ltd has requested that it be allowed to reopen its NagaWorld integrated resorts in Phnom Penh after the government recently approved casinos to operate again, provided they follow Covid-19 prevention measures set by the Ministry of Health. Mey Vann, the director-general of the Ministry

  • Rubber exports stretch 17%

    Cambodia exported 97,175 tonnes of natural rubber in the first five months of this year, surging 17 per cent compared to the same period last year as the Covid-19 pandemic stretches on, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries official Khuong Phalla told The Post on Thursday. Phalla,

  • ASEM supports Kingdom’s proposal to postpone meeting amid Covid

    The 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM13) scheduled to be held in Cambodia in November has been postponed until mid-2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation press statement released on Saturday said. The decision was made during a two-day meeting

  • Coffee maker roasted for producing fake product

    The Ministry of Interior’s Counter Counterfeit Committee will send a suspect to court on Monday after she allegedly roasted coffee mixed with soybeans and other ingredients, creating a product which could pose a high risk to consumers’ health. On the afternoon of July 2, the

  • Cash handout programme 80% complete

    Minister of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation Vong Soth confirmed on Thursday that the implementation of the Cash Transfer Programme For Poor and Vulnerable Households During Covid-19 had been implemented for more than 80% of the over 560,000 families. The programme was introduced one week ago.

  • Cambodia armed with money laundering laws

    Money laundering will now carry a penalty of up to five years in prison while those convicted of financing terrorists will be jailed for up to 20 years, according to new laws promulgated by King Norodom Sihamoni and seen by The Post on Thursday. Comprising nine

  • Where is Cambodia’s exit strategy that can save the economy?

    With the prospect of being slammed by a double whammy, the government is working on an economic recovery plan to deliver it from Covid-19 and the EU’s partial withdrawal of the Everything But Arms scheme in the next two to three years Cambodia is

  • Schools to be reopened in ‘three stages’

    With guidance from Prime Minister Hun Sen, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, is in the process of reopening schools in three stages. But no timeline has been set, ministry spokesperson Ros Soveacha said on Thursday. Soveacha said the first stage will be to

  • Kingdom, UN discuss rights

    A year after Cambodia received 198 recommendations from UN member countries, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR-Cambodia) met with the Cambodia Human Rights Committee (CHRC) to discuss following-up on the Kingdom’s third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and