Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Naga face Army as they eye historic double



Naga face Army as they eye historic double

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
NagaWorld coach Meas Channa (right) took his side to the final of the Hun Sen Cup in his first season in charge.

Naga face Army as they eye historic double

Sitting at the top of the Metfone C-League with three just matches remaining, NagaWorld take to the Olympic Stadium pitch on Saturday for their Hun Sen Cup semifinal with Ministry of National Defense with one eye on securing an unprecedented Cambodian league and cup double.

Beaten as Nagacorp by the now defunct Khemara Keila on penalties in the inaugural edition eleven years ago, Naga have been bridesmaids on no less than five occasions, only winning the trophy in 2013.

Naga needed a 5-3 penalty shootout after extra time failed to produce a goal against none other than Army.

Since then, Naga have been unable to again add their name to the roll of honour, though they came close last year, losing 3-0 to Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng in the final.

“In my first season as coach, we missed the chance to lift the trophy. It was really disappointing. Since then we have had a few good runs, but this year it our best chance to achieve something every team dreams off – to pull off a league and cup double,” said NagaWorld coach Meas Channa.

“We now have the best chance in years to do this.”Naga’s consistent league form has been a source of inspiration for the local players, whose job it will be to carry the reputation of the side in this Cambodian-only event.

Army can boast of cup success in 2010 and 2016, when they edged out Preah Khan Reach 6-5 on penalties in the final to deprive the Svay Rieng side of their fifth triumph.

The second semifinal on Sunday at the same venue pits National Police and Angkor Tiger.

Until 2014, Police had nothing of value to show for their years of participation. But in a twist of events, they were pitted against outsiders Build Bright United, and the meeting of the two unlikely finalists ended with Police lifting the trophy.

Four years later they meet another smaller club, one only formed in 2015 and which has done well in such a short time, finishing third in the cup in the first season, then as Cambodian Tiger.

The Tigers are no pushovers. They have the means and the motivation to do well and they could well take advantage of a side sitting mid-table in the league, one that has previously shown weaknesses when dealing with well rounded outfits like the Tigers.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hong Kong firm done buying Coke Cambodia

    Swire Coca-Cola Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific Ltd, on November 25 announced that it had completed the acquisition of The Coca-Cola Co’s bottling business in Cambodia, as part of its ambitions to expand into the Southeast Asian market. Swire Coca-Cola affirmed

  • Cambodia's Bokator now officially in World Heritage List

    UNESCO has officially inscribed Cambodia’s “Kun Lbokator”, commonly known as Bokator, on the World Heritage List, according to Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona in her brief report to Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of November 29. Her report, which was

  • NagaWorld union leader arrested at airport after Australia trip

    Chhim Sithar, head of the Labour Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees at NagaWorld integrated casino resort, was arrested on November 26 at Phnom Penh International Airport and placed in pre-trial detention after returning from a 12-day trip to Australia. Phnom Penh Municipal Court Investigating Judge

  • Kingdom’s rice crowned world’s No1

    Cambodia’s Phka Rumduol jasmine variety has been crowned the World’s Best Rice for the fifth time at the TRT (The Rice Trader) World Rice Conference in Phuket, Thailand on November 17, according to leaders of the Kingdom’s apex rice industry body. Phka Rumduol

  • Ministry to 'seek justice' for officials indicted in US for 'monkey smuggling'

    The Cambodian government and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said they will make the “utmost effort” to seek justice for a Cambodian official arrested in John F Kennedy International Airport in New York for allegedly conspiring to smuggle crab-eating macaque monkeys (Macaca fascicularis)

  • Takeo hand-woven silk items provide local high-quality alternative to imports

    After graduating from university and beginning her career as a civil servant at the the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Khieu Sina found time to establish a business that aligns with her true passion – quality hand-woven Khmer goods. Her product line, known as Banteay Srei,