NagaWorld regained their billing as league leaders in emphatic fashion at the weekend registering 10 goals to claim a 10-1 thrashing of Metfone C-League bottom dwellers Western FC.
After Boeung Ket had only managed a draw against Visakha earlier that afternoon, Naga coach Meas Channa went into Sunday evening’s game knowing that a win would see his side recover the table-topping status they had held earlier in the season.
Naga put nothing to chance as they plundered 10 strikes at the Olympic Stadium. Nine of the goals came from African duo George Bisan (5) and Matthew Osa (4). Western’s Nuth Pitou scored an own goal for hapless Western who went down miserably to their tenth successive C-League defeat.
Speaking to reporters after the remarkable win, coach Channa was pleased with the performance.
“Today we are happy that we played really very well, said the experienced coach. “There is no need to win by 10 goals, a few goals would have been enough. But we are happy because we went into the game on second place and the win puts us back on top.”
“In last 30 minutes, we changed up at the back swapping our foreign central defender for a Cambodian to see what he could do. Today we do well all over the park from the defence to the attackers.”
The casino-backed Naga now sit atop the league on 25 points with 10 games played, a mere point ahead of defending champions Boeung Ket. Visakha are a distant third on 20 points while the top four is rounded off by Ministry of National Defense who have 18 points to their credit.
Elsewhere on Sunday evening, Phnom Penh Crown continue to perform woefully below expectations as they were held to a goalless draw at home to Electricite du Cambodge.
Despite failing to impress as a striker, Crown coach Luke Sainsbury continued to place faith in American defender-cum-forward Jonny Campbell up front, and was a decision that showed that the Crown coach is fast running out of ideas.
The recent acquisition of forward Valci Junior cannot come soon enough for the clubs beleaguered fans as the Brazilian signing awaits June 30 after which he is eligible to turn out for his new employers. For Crown fans that date cannot come soon enough. Crown, the c-Leagues most decorated club with six league titles, currently sit mid-table and well off the pacesetters at the top.
For EDC, the result hands them a second draw of the season. After seven losses and a solitary win, they sit second from bottom above only Western.