TMCC Match 4 Preview: Boeung Ket Angkor FC
Boeung Ket Angkor FC will travel to Hanoi’s Hang Day Stadium in Vietnam this Sunday, December 6, for a crunch Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2015 semi-final tie against defending TMCC champions Becamex Binh Duong FC.
The Cambodian side have already despatched fellow TMCC competitors Lao Toyota FC and Yangon United FC en route to attaining the coveted semi-final berth, with their most recent performance a 3-0 rout of Myanmar National League Champions Yangon United last Sunday. Prak Sovannara’s men were led through thanks to a virtuoso performance from Esoh Paul Omogba who netted twice. His second a superb 40-yard meandering dribble through the heart of the visitors’ defence to slot the ball cleanly past the onrushing Luiz Fernando in the Yangon United goal.
“I just thought that at that stage in the game; the 87th minute I think it was, the defenders would be slow and tired and saw they were flat-footed and I just went for goal” the Nigerian player had said after the game.
The Nigerian midfield architect is flanked by the talents of equally skilled teammates, Khuon Laboravy, Gbenga Samuel and 36-goal C-League hotshot Chan Vathanaka. Although Laboravy was hauled off by his head coach after struggling to set the pace up front, both Vathanaka and Samuel terrorised the Yangon United defence and it was a performance that Coach Sovannara will hope they can repeat in Hanoi against the Vietnamese Toyota V.League 1 champions. “We are lucky to have such strength in depth up front, and with players like Vathanaka, Gbenga, Omogba and Laboravy, we can unsettle the Vietnamese side on Sunday for sure” said the former Cambodian National Team coach. “Even though Vathanaka didn’t score, as he usually does, we have players that can deputise goal-scoring duties” he added.
Vathanaka, a tender 21-year old, has had a breakout season and bagged a sensational 36 goals in the 2015 C-League which had only commenced in July. Rumours persist around the future of the baby-faced star, with a number of Japan-based clubs said to be interested in acquiring his services. For the immediate future at least, the Kratie native will be joining his teammates in Vietnam where he will hope to lead his club to a grand TMCC final clash with Buriram United of Thailand at Bangkok’s Supachalasai Stadium on December 20.
Before they can entertain such thoughts though, Boeung Ket must find a way past the staunch threat of Becamex Binh Duong on Sunday evening at Hanoi’s Hang Day Stadium.