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Cambodian trio could make debuts

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Chan Vathnaka (right) joined Malaysian Super League club Pahang FA in December. KT/Yeun Punlue

Cambodian national team star Chan Vathanaka has travelled to Thailand alongside his Pahang FA teammates with Cambodian fans – and his detractors – ready to pick apart the young forward’s first outing should he make an appearance for the Malaysian Super League club during their Thailand tour.

Pahang will play a series of friendly matches in Thailand as part of their pre-season preparation with the first match tonight pitting Pahang against the ‘B-side’ of Thai Premier League champions Muangthong United.

They will then meet Air Force Central FC on Sunday before rounding off their Thai tour with a match against South Korea’s Gyeongnam FC.

Pahang have made moves to bolster their squad as they seek to wrestle the title away from Malaysian super-club Johor Darul Tazim and the club was keen to snap up Vathanaka from Cambodian champions Boeung Ket on a one-year deal reported to be worth in the region of $10,000 per month to Vathanaka.

The Malaysian Super League is the top tier in the Malaysian footballing pyramid.

He famously made zero starts in a disappointing 2017 season with Japan’s J3 League side Fujieda MYFC.

In domestic action, two other Cambodian exports, Thierry Chantha Bin and Keo Sokpheng, are expected to line up against their compatriots in this weekend’s numerous international friendly fixtures.

Thierry’s Terengganu have an exhausting three-fixture calendar which will see them face PKR Svay Rieng, Ministry of National Defense and Phnom Penh Crown in the space of just four days. They meet PKR first tomorrow at the Olympic Stadium after which they face Army on Monday before wrapping up their Cambodia tour with a Tuesday evening tie against Phnom Penh crown.

Meanwhile, Sokpheng’s Persatuan Bolasepak Negeri Sembilan (PBNS) face Army at the Olympic Stadium tonight, before making the trip north to RSN Stadium for tomorrow’s match against Crown.

The final match of their Cambodia tour is a Wednesday afternoon kick-off against PKR at the ISPP fields.

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