Kipson nets in draw; BK meet Magwe
NagaWorld FC’s African forward Atuheire Kipson was on target midway through the second half in his team’s 1-1 Sunday evening Metfone C-League draw with Ministry of National Defense FC.
After a goalless first period at Phnom Penh’s National Olympic Stadium, the game sprung to life in the second half after North Korean striker Choe Myong-ho continued his purple patch by unlocking the opposition defense in the 57th minute.
Receiving the ball on the right wing, Choe brought the ball down with his right boot and expertly guided the ball into the back of the net with his deadly left foot.
However, Naga was back on level terms in the 72nd minute, as Kipson, a close-season acquisition from fellow C-Leaguers Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng FC, grabbed his fifth goal of the season after rising highest in the penalty area to slam home a header beyond the Army goalkeeper.
In Sunday’s other domestic league tie, newly promoted Electricite du Cambodge FC was no match for Svay Rieng who registered a handsome 3-0 win to send the club up to second place in the league standings and level on 10 points with former champions Phnom Penh Crown.
This evening, Boeung Ket Angkor look to garner some desperately needed points as they welcome Magwe FC of Myanmar to Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium for their third AFC Cup 2017 Asean Zone Group F match.Boeung Ket, the reigning C-League champions, has failed to claim any points after two group games – losing 3-0 to Malaysian superteam Johor Darul Ta’zim in their opener before a second defeat to Philippines’ Global FC just last week.
They go into the game on the back of a disappointing 3-3 draw against C-League minnow Western Phnom Penh FC, although Magwe themselves were upstaged in a 2-0 defeat to Shan United in their Myanmar National League match on Friday.
Speaking at yesterday’s pre-match press conference, Magwe head coach and former player Zaw Win Tun said he expected to see goals in an evenly matched contest against their Cambodian hosts.
“Our preparation has been difficult as some of our personnel are suffering with injury issues. However, we are two well-matched teams and I am sure to see goals. Playing away from home however, we cannot predict the results of the match,” he said.
His Boeung Ket counterpart, John McGlynn, meanwhile was optimistic of his side’s chances. “We’re hoping for a good crowd for tomorrow and we’re playing at home so we are hoping for a good result. The boys know they have a job to do,” said McGlynn.
Everyone’s positive in the camp so we’re looking forward to the match,” he added.
Boeung Ket will hope home advantage can help to kickstart their flagging campaign which has left many fans frustrated. After four rounds of games, Boeung Ket occupies sixth in the C-League standings and is yet to register any points in the AFC Cup group stage.
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