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Hun Sen Cup finalists clash again in MCL

Hun Sen Cup finalists clash again in MCL

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PKR’s Tum Saray controls under pressure from BBU’s Chhun Sothearath during the 2011 Hun Sen Cup final on March 11. Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun

Four Metfone C-League fixtures fill out this weekend as usual at Olympic Stadium.

Build Bright United v Preah Khan Reach
Saturday June 4 – 2pm
BBU face familiar foes Preah Khan Reach in tomorrow’s rematch of the 2011 Hun Sen Cup final, which PKR won 2-0. Rising young star Pich Sina has been favoured by BBU coach Meas Sam Oeurn in attack while Nuth Sinoun, who was absent in BBU’s recent 2-1 victory over National Defence Ministry, will return to help the team.

PKR have turned a corner with two consecutive wins after a woeful start to the season. Striker Khoun Laboravy is always key for his team while the abilities of Prak Mony Udom and Tum Saray in midfield should ensure that Rith Dika’s team will still be able to fight for the title this year.

Phnom Penh Crown v National Defence Ministry
Saturday June 4 – 4pm
Crown were rocked yesterday by the announcement that coach Bojan Hodak had quit his post to join Chinese Super League champions and current frontrunners Shandong Luneng FC as assistant coach.

“Phnom Penh Crown FC would like to announce that Head Coach Bojan Hodak has been released from his contract with the football club with immediate effect,” said a statement from the club. “PPCFC would like to thank Bojan for his services to the football club and wish him and his family all the very best for the future.”

Crown have revealed that their academy head coach Bouy Dary will assume the role of caretaker coach for their match against the Army team tomorrow as they aim to reclaim the top spot that was grabbed by Naga Corp midweek.

Bouy Davy will lay his hopes on striker Kouch Sokumpheak and the returning talents of Thul Sothearith, Sun Sopanha and San Narith from suspension. However, they will miss the virtues of Chan Chhaya, who picked up his second yellow in two games last time out.

National Defence Ministry team proved Crown’s fallibility in the 2010 Hun Sen Cup final by beating them 3-2, and the sides recorded 1-1 draws in both of their league matches last season.

The Army lost to an injury time winner against BBU last weekend, and their bitter experience should inspire defenders Thong Odom and Khek Khemarin have to step up against Crown invasions. Plong Chanthou, meanwhile, will need to hone his sharpness up front to find the net.

Prek Pra Keila v Rithy Sen
Sunday June 5 – 2pm
Sunday’s match between the two bottom sides in the league should produce an intriguing encounter with both clubs seeking their first wins of the campaign. Rithy Sen gave a much needed boost to their reputation by pushing the Army to the brink of a stunning upset last week, which ended 3-3. Paris Dimie did a good job in defence on his debut, while midfielder Keo Dara scored a brace.

Prek Pra will look to shake off their disappointment of their recent 5-4 loss to PKR. They should take solace in the fact that they beat their Kampong Chhnang opponents 2-0 in the 2011 Hun Sen Cup group stage, with striker Mat Hosan and You Arafat getting on the scoresheet.

Chhlam Samuth v National Police Commissary
Sunday June 5 – 4pm
The weekend’s lasy fixture sees ex-Khemara Keila colleagues face off against each other. San Thydeth, Chhun Kirivatharo and Loch Sophea now play for the Sea Sharks squad, while Sophal Udom, Soun Makara and Samuth Dalin have joined the ranks of the Police team.

Both outfits boost a poor record from their last three matches, Chhlam Samuth losing all and Police mustering just a single point.

Police will be without head coach Ung Kanyanith due to his mission to Malaysia for a youth football festival. Skipper Sophal Udom, who was suspended in their last match, will be key man for Police, while Nigerian Sanny Dauda will be dangerous as ever for Chhlam Samuth. TRANSLATED BY IN SOPHENG, ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY DAN RILEY

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