Chhlam Samuth are hoping for a victory today over BBU, which they downed 3-2 in the first leg, to ensure their Metfone C-League survival for another year. The Sea Sharks currently lie two points adrift of the relegation zone, with Prek Pra lurking to drag them back under. With a five-goal cushion in terms of goal difference, Chhlam Samuth would settle for a draw to calm their nerves.
Defensive midfielder Kao Viso has become the important member of the Sea Sharks line-up with his passing ability. In last week’s vital 4-1 victory over Prek Pra, three goals came from long range assists by Kao Viso. Ros Sam Oeurn, netted twice in that match, is away in Vietnam with the U19 national team but Sunday Silva is at hand to supply his considerable talent to the attack. San Thydeth, meanwhile, has shown form to harden their defence.
For BBU, skipper Prom Puthsethy lead from the front with an inspiring hat-trick against Rithy Sen last tiwem out.
The university-backed club are in a three-horse race for fourth place with Ministry of National Defence and Kirivong Sok Sen Chey. BBU midfielders Chhun Sothearath, Chan Veasna and young forward Chea Sophany should pile the pressure on the Sea Shark backline.
The game gets underway at 3pm at Olympic Stadium today.
U19 team head to Hanoi
The Cambodian U19 national team travelled by bus to Ho Chi Minh City on Monday and then took a flight to Hanoi, where they will compete in two friendly matches against their Vietnamese counterparts at the Vietnam Youth Football Center.
The squad, led by head coach Prak Somony and assistants Rith Dika, Keo Kosal and Ouk Chamrong, will play their first match today at 3:30pm and their second match on Friday at the same time.
The fixtures are serving as a warm up for both teams, who are set to participate in the AFF U19 Youth Championship from September 8-20 in Yangon, Myanmar. Cambodia are in Group A with Thailand, Singapore, Philippines and Malaysia, while Vietnam have been put alongside hosts Myanmar, Indonesia, Laos and Brunei.
Cambodia national senior team coach Lee Tae Hoon and his assistant Ieng Saknida are also amongst the delegation for the Vietnam trip, with Keo Kosal revealing that Lee wants to monitor the performance of the youngsters with the intention of selecting some for the BIDC Cup at home in October and the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia in November.
Of the twenty players bound for Hanoi, half hail from Preah Khan Reach club, while four are from National Police Commissary, two from MND, two from Naga Corp, and one each from Prek Pra and Chhlam Samuth.