The much-anticipated clash between defending champions Boeung Ket and fast-emerging Visaka FC is billed for 3pm kick off at the Western Stadium on Sunday as a match up of exciting possibilities in the Metfone C League card framed for Game week 10 of the competition.
Table-topping Boeung Ket remain the only unbeaten side, boasting the most formidable attacking formation spearheaded by Brazilian Maycon Calijuri with the Nigerian trio of Julius Oiboh, Paul Omogba and Samuel Ajayi making it a fearsome quartet.
While Boeung Ket present a well-groomed look, as was seen last week in their win over Phnom Penh Crown, the team had not entirely been free of anxious moments, like their unexpectedly patchy 1-1 draw against a lower-rung EDC.
But overall the campaign in pursuit of a hat-trick of triumphs at the highest level of the domestic season has gone well so far, though the Boeung Ket camp concedes that Sunday’s tilt against a side that has earned so much respect and adulation despite being relative newcomers could be a vital marker.
Even before kicking a ball in the premier league, it was the League 1 winners Visaka who stole the headlines by grabbing en masse from the Ministry of National defence all four of the Army’s North Korean players besides adding one more with a much bigger profile.
In all respects, the move has proved to be a shrewd and profitable one. Recently Visaka roped in national players Keo Sokpheng and Sok Sovann.
The new arrivals will no doubt widen the scope for improvement as the team face the sternest test of its strength yet.
After a somewhat sloppy show against the Police, Visaka rose to end Nagaworld’s unbeaten run with a convincing 3-0 victory last week, an outcome that should give Boeung Ket plenty to think about.
In Sunday’s other matches, second-placed Nagaworld may enjoy a relatively easier time at the Olympic Stadium when they meet the winless Western under lights while fourth-placed Crown host EDC at the RSN Stadium.
With on- and off-field troubles hitting Preah Khan Reach hard in the last couple of weeks, on Saturday, the Svay Rieng outfit will be up against AEU, who may draw a lot of comfort from their leading scorer Privat Mbarga’s six-goal haul against Western last week.
Gradually rebuilding their cofidence, Ministry of National Defense will play Siem Reap-based Soltilo Angkor at Old Stadium while National Police square-off against another Siem Reap team, Angkor Tiger, at the Olympic Stadium.