Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Kipson the star as Naga get off to flying start

Kipson the star as Naga get off to flying start

Phnom Penh Crown defender Kok Boris tackles AEU forward George Bisan at Old Stadium yesterday.
Phnom Penh Crown defender Kok Boris tackles AEU forward George Bisan at Old Stadium yesterday. Sreng Meng Srun

Kipson the star as Naga get off to flying start

Newly acquired Atuheire Kipson justified his pick in the best possible way by slamming in four goals in former champions NagaWorld’s 4-1 win from a goal down against debutants Electricite du Cambodge (EDC) in the Metfone C-League encounter on Saturday.

The two-time champions, who finished last season in third place, fell behind early in the first half when EDC stumbled upon a snap goal, but the Rwandan striker quickly brought the team on an even keel and went on to land regular blows as the newcomers to the top flight caved in.

A new-look NagaWorld will be eager to regain the league supremacy they last enjoyed in 2009 having had a patchy first leg last season and a modest second phase performance.

Another leading side looking to improve on last season, Phnom Penh Crown began their campaign on a bright note yesterday at the Old Stadium, where a strong second-half showing, inspired by a Shane Booysen brace, lifted them to a 3-0 win after a barren first half against a revamped Asia Europe United (AEU) side.

The six-time champions could only finish fifth last season and are on the lookout for fresh foreign signings.With two or three notable overseas players joining AEU this season, the side looked much sharper but they couldn’t break the deadlock in the first half.

When cracks began to appear in the second, Booysen,who had an outstanding run for Crown against Singapore giants Home United in the double leg AFC Cup ASEAN playoffs, led the side by example with a brace. In Sodavid completed the tally.

Elsewhere, Cambodian Tiger celebrated their relocation to Siem Reap with a 1-1 draw at their home facility against Kampong Chhnang-based Cambodian Mine Action Center.

MOST VIEWED

  • Twenty years after Pol Pot died a broken man, his memory looms large

    Two decades have passed, but Mea Chron still stands by Pol Pot. Most days he also stands by the mass murderer’s cremation site, keeping guard in the Khmer Rouge’s last stronghold of Anlong Veng. Pol Pot, the widely reviled despot who spearheaded the

  • Reuters: US Embassy fired 32 staff members for sharing pornography

    The United States Embassy in Phnom Penh has fired 32 non-diplomatic staff members who were allegedly caught exchanging pornographic images and video, including of minors, according to the news agency Reuters. Four sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the content was shared in

  • ‘Trouble’ foreseen in Khmer New Year almanac

    At 9:12am on Saturday, Cambodia’s devout can expect the arrival of Moha Thorathevey, an angel on a peacock holding a trident in one hand and an auspicious serrated wheel in the other. The angel, who has a liking for water hyacinths, will usher in

  • Our 2018 guide to spending Khmer New Year in Phnom Penh

    Khmer New Year festivities are upon us. For the next few days, travellers will be making their way to their home provinces to eat, celebrate, play traditional games and visit a pagoda with offerings. If you will be staying put in Phnom Penh for the