Weekend Metfone C-League fixtures at Olympic Stadium:
National Police Commissary v Boeung Ket Rubber Field Saturday March 24, 2pm
The Police side grabbed a 1-0 win over Boeung Ket in a group match of this year’s Hun Sen Cup, although their league encounter tomorrow may well go differently.
Former Phnom Penh Crown trio Keo Sokngorn, Chan Rithy and Nwakuna Friday will give Kampong Cham-based Boeung Ket some added firepower while defender Touch Panharong faces his former Police colleagues.
Police’s only foreign player, midfielder Paul Olabode, is set to make his first appearance for the club, alongside Tith Dyna, who’s attractive play in their 4-2 victory over Naga Corp last weekend yielded two goals.
So Dyna and Nov Soseila fill out a sturdy midpark for the Police, and striker Srey Udom will again be on the hunt for scoring opportunities to secure all three points for his team.
Preah Khan Reach v Chhlam Samuth Saturday March 24, 4pm
PKR coach Sam Vandeth saw his side record a stunning 3-0 win over arch rivals Crown on Wednesday, but noted it was too early in the season to be complacent.
“We cannot look down on any teams. Chhlam Samuth are also a team who are performing well,” he said of his opponents tomorrow.
The Sea Sharks’ midfield will need to show their teeth if they hope to quash the threat of Chea Samnang and Pram Mony Udom, while the Military Police-backed club’s seemingly unstoppable striker Khoun Laboravy will likely add to his impressive run of goals.
Youngsters Hoy Phally and Heng Phanith could also prove thorns in the side of Chhlam Samuth.
The Navy-affiliated club’s frontman Ros Sam Oeun will need to bring his A-game if strike partners Tam Sul and Thin Sok fail to sparkle.
New Nigerian recruits Philip Ogaga and Olugbami Adewale are poised to feature again in the starting lineup despite underwhelming performances during their previous run out.
Last season, the sides drew the 1-1 before PKR waltzed to a 3-0 triumph.
Naga Corp v Build Bright United Sunday March 25, 2pm
Prak Sovannara will look to raise the spirits of his talented Naga Corp team a disappointing start to their 2012 campaign which saw a majority of possession fail to convert into goals and defensive lapses cost them dearly.
Naga’s Kop Isa, Choun Chum and Teab Vathanak will pose the greatest danger to the BBU backline.
Build Bright’s strength is in midfield with the likes of Uk Sereyrathanak and Pich Sina, while veteran players Chhun Sothearath, Chan Veasna and Prum Puthearith remain key to their set up.
Last season, a 2-2 draw in the first half was followed by BBU’s 2-1 victory.
Western University v Phnom Penh Crown Sunday March 25, 4pm
Western University will play a league match for the first time against reigning champions Crown, who beat them 2-1 in a recent friendly.
Khan Kat and Maxwell Woko made solid starts for Western during their 0-0 stalemate against National Defence Ministry last week.
On Sunday, Crown will be on the offensive from the word go in an attempt to quickly forget their midweek thrashing by PKR.
In a statement on Crown’s website, English coach David Booth said he would strengthen their defence whilst trying to regain their impressive form from last year.
Khim Borey, Kouch Sokumpheak and Sos Sohana will be the team’s heartbeat to lift them past an inexperienced Western outfit.
To contact the reporter on this story: Ung Chamroeun at [email protected]
Translated by In Sopheng