Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Naga end Svay Rieng’s ‘Invincibles’ dream



Naga end Svay Rieng’s ‘Invincibles’ dream

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng striker Privat takes a shot against NagaWorld during the sides' first meeting this season. CNCC

Naga end Svay Rieng’s ‘Invincibles’ dream

NagaWorld came out 2-1 winners to end Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng’s dream of a historic unbeaten season on Friday in their final match of the campaign, with a questionable penalty decision swinging the momentum in favour of the casino-backed side.

Depite being denied the chance to become Cambodia’s first ever “Invincibles”, newly crowned Metfone C-League champions Svay Rieng can still make history on Wednesday evening by winning the Hun Sen Cup to secure an unprecedented domestic double.

Svay Rieng went in at half-time 1-0 up through a 35-yard free-kick into the bottom left-hand corner from Cambodia international defender Soeuy Visal in the 18th minute.

However, Naga equalised on 69 minutes through Rwandan forward Atuheire Kipson after the referee pointed to the spot for handball as defender Jonny Campbell cleared a cross, though replays suggested the ball may have hit the American’s hip.

Esoh Paul Omogba then broke Svay Rieng hearts with the winner eight minutes later, heading in a smart left-wing cross.

There was further agony for Campbell as the centre-back was sent off after being shown a second yellow card right at the end.

Svay Rieng will have little time to get over their disappointment as they go in search of the double, with the Hun Sen Cup final against Boeung Ket at 6pm on Wednesday evening at Phnom Penh Crown’s Smart RSN Stadium.

Svay Rieng, Cambodia’s most successful cup side, are looking to win the Hun Sen Cup for a fifth time.

“The players have been brilliant all season, and if they work hard and stick to the game plan, we are confident we can win what is bound to be a difficult game,” said Svay Rieng general manger Christopher Grant ahead of Wednesday’s cup final with the 2017 league champs.

Svay Rieng dominated the first half at Phnom Penh’s Old Stadium, with Cambodia star Prak Mony Oudom pulling the strings down the right, Cameroonian hotshot Privat Mbarga looking dangerous up front and Japan’s Deisuke Kobayashi controlling midfield.

It was in the 18th minute when the newly crowned champions went 1-0 up through Visal’s beautifully taken long-range free-kick.

However, Naga came powering out of the blocks in the second half, pushing Svay Rieng onto the back foot, with Naga’s wastefulness and keeper Aing Sovanarath to thank for keeping the provincial side’s slender lead.

With their passionate “Blue Swords” fanbase banging drums to spur on their team, Svay Rieng soaked up Naga pressure and created openings of their own, before the game turned halfway into the second half.

Svay Rieng finished the 2019 Metfone C-League season top with 65 points from 26 games, ahead of Visakha FC on 58 points. NagaWorld finished third on 55 points, ahead of Boeung Ket in fourth, Angkor Tiger FC in fifth and Phnom Penh Crown in sixth.

At the other end of the table, Academy finished bottom with four points, with Kampong Cham Province finishing second bottom with six points.

Additional reporting by Jake Toto

MOST VIEWED

  • Angkor lifetime pass, special Siem Reap travel offers planned

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to introduce a convenient, single lifetime pass for foreign travellers to visit Angkor Archaeological Park and potentially other areas. The move is designed to stimulate tourism to the culturally rich province of Siem Reap as the start of the “Visit

  • Bosba: The first Khmer woman composer from UK’s Cambridge

    Bosba Panh is just 25 years old, but she’s already accomplished some impressive milestones for herself and the Kingdom. On July 24, she graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of Cambridge as the first Khmer woman composer and Khmer music graduate ever at

  • ‘Golden’ Angkor Wat likely due to natural phenomenon: ANA

    Pictures and video clips of the Angkor Wat temple, its spires seemingly coated in gold, have been shared tens of thousands of times on social media, prompting a sense of wonder among those who have seen them. Hong Sam Ath, who took the pictures and

  • Pailin longan winery tries to break through to the big time

    Longan aren’t quite as glamorous as some fruits. They don’t have the star-power of mangos or generate the excitement of a pricey seasonal niche fruit like the pungent durian. Unlike bananas or oranges, which are known and loved everywhere, longan remains a decidedly

  • Debt restructuring over, time to tackle rising NPL ratio

    The Cambodian banking system has just completed a 26-month debt restructuring exercise where scores of loan accounts were revised, classified and provisioned as the rate of non-performing loans inched up, sparking a slight credit risk unease Implemented in April 2020, the Covid-19 debt restructuring measures came

  • Koh Slaket studio resort brings culture with style

    Davitra (Cambodia) Co Ltd’s multi-million-dollar 13ha Koh Slaket studio-cum-resort just east of the capital was inaugurated in the first phase on August 6, providing national and international tourists with a new travel option and job opportunities for locals. The man-made cultural and scenic lakefront getaway