The 2011 Metfone C-League kicks off it’s second leg with a clash between Preah Khan Reach and Chhlam Samuth at 3pm this afternoon at Olympic Stadium.
The teams ended deadlocked at 1-1 during their first league encounter on April 10. PKR’s marauding striker Khoun Laboravy had grabbed the lead in the 35th minute before his teammate Nen Sothearoth cancelled out their advantage midway through the second half.
Hun Sen Cup holders PKR currently lie in fourth place in the standings on 15 points, five points off the pace of leaders Phnom Penh Crown.
Sam Vandeth will take the reins today as caretaker coach with head coach Rith Dikar away for a short stint as assistant coach of the U19 national team.
The Military Police backed side have regained their form after an embarrassingly slow start to the season and will look to take all three points this time against their opponents.
Khuon Laboravy, Tum Saray, and Phanny I Rotha should provide enough firepower upfront while defender Sok Rithy is doubt after suffering a hamstring strain during national team duty in Laos over the weekend. PKR also boast a wealth of young talent that could well make appearances today.
Meanwhile Kim Pheakdei, head coach of Chhlam Samuth who are languishing in ninth place on 7 points, is hit with the task of salvaging their recent slump that has seen them descend into the relegation zone.
The coach cites the role of club captain and defender Kao Viso as key to thwart the PKR attack.
The newly promoted Sea Sharks go into today’s tie without suspension or injury to any squad member, and have forwards Meas Sophanna and Sanny Dauda primed for goals.
TRANSLATED BY IN SOPHENG