Two-time Metfone C-League champions NagaWorld opened their 2015 campaign with a 1-0 win over Svay Rieng at Old Stadium yesterday, with the winning goal coming bang in the 90th minute from defender Sovannadara’s boot.
NagaWorld, who were pipped at the post by Svay Rieng in the Hun Sen Cup final three months ago, had their revenge this time.
Creating several decent chances, NagaWorld saw attempts by their frontliners Vathanak, Barry and Chanrattnak frustrated by the woodwork, but the breakthrough came just before the count would have started for injury time.
In today’s standout clash, Phnom Penh Crown FC kick off their title defence at 6pm when they play archrivals Boeung Ket Angkor FC at their new RSN Stadium in Tuol Kork.
Last season, Crown and Boeung Ket battled all the way for the title, but Crown showed the greater endurance, and their record of 17 wins, three draws and two losses in the 22 games secured them 54 points and the championship, while Boeung Ket finished runners-up with 47 points after recording 15 wins and five losses, with two draws.
Boeung Ket lost 2-1 to Crown in the second half of the season after winning 3-1 in their first meeting.
In the new season, there are likely to be more battles between the two teams as both having recruited new players to strengthen their squads.
Boeung Ket have signed striker Gbenga Ajayi on a one-season deal.
The Nigerian, 30, who played for Bangkok Glass United, Chonburi and Samut Sangkhram in the Thai Premier League, is also a former Crown player.
Just a few days ahead of the new season, Crown bolstered their squad by signing brothers Keo Sokngon and Keo Sokpheng, who performed with distinction at the SEA Games, from Boeung Ket Angkor.
In today’s other matches, Asia Europe United will kick off their new season at the National Football Training Center in Takeo province’s Tonle Bati district when they play Build Bright United at 3:30pm.
Cambodia Tiger (formerly TriAsia Phnom Penh FC) meet National Police at the new Western Stadium in Tuol Kork at 3:30pm.
Western University will travel to play National Defence Ministry at Old Stadium at 3:30pm.