TMCC Match 3 Preview: Pre-Match Press Conference
Boeung Ket Angkor FC and Yangon United FC go face to face in a vital third game of the Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2015 at Phnom Penh’s National Olympic Stadium on Sunday evening with the coaches of both sides eager to impress the challenge of facing their respective opponents.
“The gap between our two sides is not that great. The Myanmar league and our Cambodian league is quite similar in terms of ability” said Prak Sovannara, head coach of Boeung Ket, at a Saturday morning Press Conference ahead of the game. “So I am sure tomorrow will see a good game between our two teams” he added.
Emerson Alcantara, newly-appointed head coach of Yangon United was impressed in the strides Cambodia had made in developing its talent and anticipated a tough match in tomorrow’s game. “I am looking forward to a good game tomorrow. Cambodia has improved a lot over the last three years and have a lot of exciting youngsters whom I remember from the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup” said the Brazilian.
When quizzed about the system he intended to employ to counter the triple threat of Boeung Ket’s front line of Gbenga Samuel, Khuon Laboravy and Chan Vathanaka, Coach Emerson chose to keep his cards close to his chest. “Obviously I can’t answer questions with regards to tactics but we know of our opposition players. We know their abilities and we know our strengths” said the Ex- Timor-Leste coach. “We have Adilson [Dos Santos Souza] and Luiz Fernando [Pongelupe] as our foreign players, but we must not forget our core of Myanmar players. Sometimes their contribution and importance is easily forgotten.”
Officials also took the time to explain the process of progression in the event of a draw. If either team manages to win, then that team will automatically go through to the next round, however in the case of a draw, a 0-0 result will send Boeung Ket through by virtue of the away goals rule, although a score-draw (e.g. 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, etc.) will see Yangon United into the next round on goal difference.
The eventual victors of Sunday’s game will progress to a mouth-watering semi-final against defending tournament champions Becamex Binh Duong FC on December 6. Toyota League Cup 2015 champions Buriram United of Thailand await the winners in the tournament finale to be played at Bangkok’s Supachalasai Stadium on December 20.
Game three of the TMCC will kick off at 6:30 pm on Sunday, November 29, at the 50,000 capacity National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.