Boeung Ket Angkor FC and Lanexang United FC Both Have the Qualities to Reach the Finals
The champion of the Cambodian League, Boeung Ket Angkor FC, who directly qualified for the semi-finals of the Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2016 (TMCC 2016), will face the champion of Laos, Lanexang United FC, the winner of round 1, to play in the semi-finals at the national Olympic stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The tough semi-finals clash between the two sides will be held on the 31st of December 2016 to decide which team will advance to the finals where they will play against Buriram United FC, the champion of the Thai League Cup 2016.
The home side, Boeung Ket Angkor FC, is well prepared ahead of the clash as they have just finished an international tournament in Vietnam. Prak Sovannara, the head coach of the club based in the Kampong Cham province, got the opponent that he had hoped for, as he earlier told the local reporters that he hopes to face Lanexang United FC in the semi-finals rather than SHB Da Nang FC or Yadanarbon FC.
Boeung Ket Angkor FC’s main players including local players from the national team and the foreign players, have all been together in training camp for a long period of time ahead of the match. Full-back Hong Pheng and goalkeeper Sou Yaty have the experience of playing in TMCC more than any other player as they’ve taken part in this tournament in two consecutive seasons since 2014 when they were with Phnom Penh Crown FC who won the third place in TMCC 2014. Chan Vathanaka, Ajayi Gbenga Samuel, Rous Samoeun, Khuon Laboravy, Chhun Sothearoth, Sok Pheng, Touch Pancharong and Dzama Bata were the members of Boeung Ket Angkor FC who was the runner-up in the last TMCC 2015.
Playing at the home ground with the support of thousands of passionate fans, as well as the tactics of the players, makes Coach Prak Sovannara feel confident that his side will be able to book the flight tickets for the cup finals again for a second time with a chance to win the $75,000 prize by playing against the defending champion, Buriram United FC of Thailand.
Before reaching the semi-finals, Lanexang United FC of Laos is at the top of round 1 with 4 points ahead of Yadanarbon FC which has 2 points and SHB Da Nang FC which only acquired 1 point. The club coached by the Brazilian head coach, Leonardo Vitorino, is the third club from Laos that features in Toyota Mekong Club Championship after Hoang Anh Attapeu FC in 2014 and Lao Toyota FC in 2015. After stunning the tough opponents in the first round, the club based in Vientiane is likely to inspire their players to put pressure on the home side, Boeung Ket Angkor FC in this weekend’s clash.
Five foreign players in the Lanexang United FC’s squad including Australian defender Aaron Evans, Montenegrin defender Argzim Redžović, Japanese midfielder Kosuke Yamazaki, Dutch striker Melvin de Leeuw and Brazilian striker Nelisson Teles are the key players for Leonardo Vitorino’s side who could put the opposition team in trouble. They also have very capable local players like Khampheng Sayavutthi, Soukaphone Vongchiengkham, Latsamy Phachantha, and Manolom Phomsouvanh who scored for them in the first round of the tournament.
The stadium with the capacity of 50,000, located in the center of Phnom Penh, is ready for the historic semi-finals clash of TMCC 2016. The fans from the other provinces of Cambodia, as well as those who live along Mekong river, can also follow the thrilling match on BTV News and on TMCC’s official YouTube channel. Will it be Boeung Ket Angkor FC or Lanexang United FC to reach the TMCC 2016 finals? Please stay tune for this exciting match-up on the 31st of December 2016 at 18:00 hours!