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KMH All Stars see off Avatar to win Super Cup

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KMH All Stars lift their trophy after beating Avatar 4-2. Ken Gabriel

KMH All Stars see off Avatar to win Super Cup

KMH All Stars won the inaugural KMH Super Cup with a 4-2 win over arch-rivals Avatar All Stars in a spectacular grand final which saw the KMH Football Foundation sign up BRED Bank as one of their new partners for the 2019 football fournament.

There was also a mini concert featuring young Cambodian outfit SmallWorld SmallBand.

Avatar drew first blood in the fifth minute through a sublime header from their skipper and top scorer Privat Mbarga to silence the capacity crowd – mostly fans of the home side.

Avatar soaked up the pressure from KMH All Stars and held on to their lead until half-time.

Whatever coach John Must told his wards during the break worked wonders as they came out smoking in the second half, scoring three goals in the space of six minutes.

Skipper Anderson Zogbe rose high three minutes after the restart to head home from a corner kick.

Two minutes later Michael Abiodun put KMH All Stars in front before Reiya made it 3-1 in the 54th minute.

The more than 600 fans who attended the final were not only entertained with the level of football being displayed on the pitch but also by SmallWorld SmallBand on the sideline.

Segun Korede notched from the spot to set up a frantic finale with fans now on the edge of their seats as the game became an end-to-end battle with both sides going for the win.

As the clock ticked into injury time, Raoul Uche rose to connect with a lofty cross, his header flying beautifully into the top corner, sending the KMH All Stars fans into a frenzy.

KMH All Stars clinched the Super Cup and a cash prize of $5,000 while Avatar settled for the silver medal and a healthy reward of $2,500.

Earlier on, Khmer United defeated the African All Stars 2-1 to win the third place playoff and a $1,500 bounty, with the Africans taking fourth place and $750.

Ken Gabriel

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