Coach Prak Sovanara has a tough assignment on his hands as he seeks to guide Metfone C-League leaders Boeung Ket Angkor to victory in a marquee matchup against former club NagaWorld at Olympic Stadium at 6pm on Sunday evening.
In the build-up to the game, Sovanara impressed upon his players the importance of getting a good result if the 2012 champions are to keep the momentum going in the final stretch towards their second league success.
Last week’s 5-1 win over Cambodian Tiger FC has kept the morale high, though the team will be up against a decidedly stronger opposition reaching their potential after some disappointing results in the first round of the competition.
Coach Meas Channa, who has been under some pressure to turn things around after Hun Sen Cup slip-up, will be keen on a good showing from his players, who are getting ready for a trip to Mongolia for the AFC Cup playoff qualifiers in three weeks’ time.
With just three points separating Boeung Ket from their closest rivals Ministry of National Defence, the Army will be out in force to make the best of their clash against Cambodian Tiger on their home turf at 3.30pm on Sunday Old Stadium. Once again the Army’s North Korean trio will be central to their attacking strength.
The Armymen squeezed out a narrow win over a fighting Phnom Penh Crown on Monday to sustain the pressure on front-running Boeung Ket.
In other matches carded for the long weekend, National Police will be looking for their fourth straight win on Saturday when they take on Western Phnom Penh (3.30pm at Western Stadium), who share bottom spot with Asia Europe University, who are up against visitors from Svay Rieng Preah Khan Reach at 6pm tomorrow at the Olympic Stadium.
Defending champions Phnom Penh Crown, currently sixth in the standings, will meet Cambodian Mines Action Center, who are perilously close to the drop zone, at 6pm on Saturday.