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Boeung Ket size up Naga

Boeung Ket and Naga will face off once more in the Metfone C-League
Boeung Ket and Naga will face off once more in the Metfone C-League, with a clash booked for tomorrow at Olympic Stadium. Sreng Meng Srun

Boeung Ket size up Naga

A marquee match-up between former champions Boeung Ket Rubber Field and Naga Corp is the highlight of a Metfone C-League tie at Olympic Stadium tomorrow.

The differing moods in their camps add an extra dimension to the fierce rivalry between the two teams. While last year’s runners-up Boeung Ket will be anxious to get the equation right after two successive defeats, the 2009 champions and last year’s Hun Sen Cup winners Naga will be eager to build on their five-goal swamping of Build Bright United.

There is plenty of firepower on both sides to raise the competitive ardour and keep the spirits of the fans high.

Naga coach Prak Sovannara conceded that it would be a tough encounter, but felt quite comfortable with the way things had been shaping with the team. Naga has a vibrant frontline and an equally versatile midfield that could keep the Boueng Ket backline on the hop.

The 2012 champions allowed both TriAsia and National Police Commissary to get the better of them late in the game, just the kind of waywardness they ought to avoid if they are to match strides with their decidedly better rated rivals this time.

In tomorrow’s floodlight fixture, Western University, who were involved in a well-fought goalless draw with Ministry of National Defence, will meet Kirivong Sok Sen Chey, who had no answer to Phnom Penh Crown’s controlled aggression last week in that 2-0 loss.

Away at the Old Stadium, tomorrow’s prime contest pitches defending champions Svay Rieng against the table topping TriAsia in what could be a stirring duel.

The newcomers to the Premier League have already ruffled a few feathers, notably in a victory over Boueng Ket in the second week of the competition, and coach Daisuke Yoshioka is confident that the side could hold its own against a well-furnished outfit like Svay Rieng, who were surprisingly held to a goal-less draw last week. Asia Europe University and MND figure in the day’s second match.

Meanwhile, Crown’s pleasing form should be of great concern to Build Bright United, who were swept off their feet by Naga.

Crown’s strength lies in splendid team effort and the team’s attacking patterns worked very well against Kirivong Sok Sen Chey.

The six-match schedule for the weekend winds up with a late evening clash between Albirex Niigata and National Police.

The first foreign franchise to enter the Cambodian league scene has been a huge disappointment so far in three defeats by widening margins.

The Police are fresh from their thrilling win over Boeung Ket and should handle Albirex with some ease.

Weekend Fixtures
Saturday February 15 At Old Stadium:
Svay Rieng v TriAsia PP – 1:30pm
Asia Europe Uni v MND – 3:45pm

At Olympic Stadium
Boeung Ket v Naga Corp – 3:30pm
Western Uni v Kirivong – 6pm
Sunday February 16
At Olympic Stadium
PP Crown v BBU – 3:30pm
Albirex Niigata v Nat Police – 6pm

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