Lao Toyota FC win Lao Premier League and qualify for TMCC
Lao Toyota FC secured their spot in the Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2015 with a 3-1 win in the final game of the 2015 Lao Premier League season on Sunday.
The Vientiane-based side went into their tie against Lao Police FC needing only to win to cement their status as 2015 LPL champions in only their second season in the nation’s top flight.
And so, like in the Cambodian league climax in midweek, there emerged one man to step up to the challenge – and on Sunday that man was Kazuo Homma. The Japanese striker has been in deadly form since his arrival at the club, bagging a sensational 29 goals in his debut season in 2014 as Lao Toyota finished their inaugural LPL season with a runners-up spot.
He has been equally lethal this season as he struck 29 times once more, to net his second consecutive league golden boot award. It was perhaps an inevitability the 35-year old would score in the team’s most important match in their short history as he struck twice against Lao Police un a 3-1 win on the final day to ensure the club gained the necessary win needed capture their first league trophy.
Homma was thankful for the support from fans and was humble about his remarkable performances in front of goal, preferring to highlight the contribution of his teammates. ”I would like to say thank you to all our fans and I hope we can continue to give them something to cheer about.” he said. “and thank you to my teammates, because of them I get many chances to score.” He added.
Teammate Jonas Soumah was equally thankful for the support the clubs players received. “Thank you to all our fans. No matter what they were here with us throughout.” He said.
Lanexang United finished in second-place, conceding the league title to Lao Toyota on the final day. The team finished on 48 points, level with Lao Toyota, but with an inferior head-to-head record. Lanexang and Lao Toyota had played out a tight 0-0 draw in July, but had been handed an away 3-1 defeat by David Booth’s men in September – a result which would ultimately determine the destiny of the 2015 trophy.