NagaWorld claimed the Metfone C-League title yesterday after Nigerian George Bisan struck twice in each half to hand the casino-backed side a 2-1 win over Visakha and all three points as defending champions Boeung Ket gave up the chase after registering a 2-2 draw with Angkor Tiger.
Naga went into matchweek 21 on 50 points at the summit of the league with BK sitting closely behind on 48. Naga’s three points saw them reach an unassailable 53 points with BK finishing the weekend on 49.
At Svay Thom Stadium in Siem Reap yesterday afternoon, a record crowd of almost 5,000 turned out to witness hosts Angkor Tiger hold 2016 and 2017 champs Boeung Ket to a 2-2 draw. The result meant a win for Naga against Visakha at Army Stadium in Phnom Penh later that evening would seal their third league title.
And hotshot striker Bisan duly delivered striking his first in the seventh minute before a second goal – a scrappy finish in the 53rd. Visakha’s North Korean attacker Cho Myong-ho scored from the penalty spot minutes later to keep Naga fans on edge but coach Meas Channa’s men saw off the threat to claim a hard fought title.
Their latest league win brings to a close almost a decade without the championship trophy in Naga hands – their last win coming in 2009 then known as NagaCorp. They also triumphed in 2007.
For goalkeeper Sou Yaty, the win is extra sweet as the league title is his third straight championship. He was back-to-back champion with Boeung Ket in 2016 and 2017.
Speaking after the game the keeper said the title was well deserved. “It’s a long season but happy to have played a part in the win, said the keeper affectionately dubbed ‘Super Save’ by his fans. “Our play was good and we were strong enough to beat strong opposition – not only today but throughout the season.”
In other weekend domestic league action Phnom Penh Crown delivered a 6-0 win over Western FC yesterday, while Saturday action saw Soltilo Angkor register a 4-0 victory over Electricite du Cambodge.
Also on Saturday, National Police Commissary and Asia Euro United shared the points after a 2-2 draw. In Svay Rieng, Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng scored a narrow 1-0 win over Ministry of National Defense.
A further round of matches will conclude the league before October 6 welcomes the final of the Hun Sen Cup – Cambodia’s premier cup knockout competition of which NagaWorld were this year ejected at the semi-final stage. Ministry of National Defense and National Police will contest the season curtain-closer.
The CNCC – Cambodian football’s organising body – is also expected to release details of the season ending football awards ceremony.