Battle lines have been drawn for today’s knock-out quarterfinal matches in the country’s most prestigious open football tournament, the Hun Sen Cup, as the prime contenders shift their focus from a pressing league campaign to the silverware every team covets.
The highly anticipated clash among the four contests billed for today is the one at the Old Stadium kicking off at 3:30pm between three-time winners Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng and Boeung Ket Angkor, who are desperately looking for their first taste of success.
At the same time as this high-intensity encounter, 2010 champs Ministry of National Defence will take on Cambodian Tiger FC at the RSN Stadium, while Phnom Penh Crown will square off against the last remaining provincial side, Siem Reap Angkor, at the Olympic Stadium.
Last year’s runners-up NagaWorld will be up against CMAC in a late evening matchup at the Olympic stadium.
Boeung Ket’s impressive nine wins from 10 during the first half of the current league season gives them a distinct edge in terms of momentum over Svay Rieng, who are a distant third.
The star alliance between Khun Laboravy and Chan Vathanaka is likely to be a critical factor, according to coach Prak Sovanara, who will be relying on good teamwork to counter a strong Svay Rieng side.