TMCC Match 4 Preview: Goals Expected as Clubs Look to Attack
Vietnam’s Becamex Binh Duong FC welcome Cambodia’s Boeung Ket Angkor FC to Hanoi on Sunday, December 6, to face off in the semi-final of the Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2015 with both teams relying on their attacking prowess to lead them through to the championship final in Thailand later this month.
Becamex, having secured a National League Cup in the interim, have moved to sign up a host of attacking options to deal with the loss of influential goalscorer Abass Dieng, who remains out of contention due to a broken leg. Dutchman Michael Hemman, a product of the European leagues, joins Korean Han Seung-Yeop and Cameroonian striker Nsi Amougou Christian. While both Hemman and Seung-Yeop are new to Vietnamese football, Christian netted 14 goals in last season’s Toyota V.League 1 campaign for Dong Nai FC.
Nguyen Thanh Son, coach of the Vietnamese club, was confident the squad available would be able to overcome their Cambodian challengers to the crown on Sunday. “At the moment, our squad is fit and ready for the game” he said. “Our objective is to try and win the semi-final match to reach the Final against Champions of the Toyota League Cup” he added.
This view was echoed by their Croatian forward Marko Simic, who believes that: “Becamex are becoming stronger and stronger and although we are missing Dieng, I am sure the other forwards, both old and new, can help us to retain our title.”
Meanwhile, Prak Sovannara’s Boeung Ket Angkor FC side are in possession of perhaps Cambodia’s finest natural goalscorer in Chan Vathanaka, they are also able to call upon the experience of fellow national team forward Khuon Laboravy and veteran Nigerian frontman Gbenga Samuel. Backed up by the strong midfield partnership of Esoh Paul Omogba and Chunn Sothearath, Coach Sovannara is confident in his side’s ability to overcome the threat of the defending champions.
“We played very well against Yangon and although it will be hard away in Vietnam we have the depth to go there and win. They are the defending champions and we are playing them in their own home; so advantage is theirs” said the 43-year old head coach. “They are the ones who will be under pressure” he added.
The victors of Sunday evening’s crunch game at Hang Day Stadium in Hanoi will go through to the championship final to face the Toyota League Cup winners from Thailand, Buriram United FC, in Bangkok on December 20.