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Vitorino on the hunt for answers

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Leonardo Vitorino has helped Phnom Penh Crown to a solitary win. KT / Yeun Punlue

Phnom Penh Crown enter the fifth round of Metfone C-League games this weekend needing a win to placate fans disappointed with the patchy start to the tenure of Brazilian head coach Leonardo Vitorino.

Crown, who currently sit 10th in the standings and play Asia Europe United on Sunday evening, lost to Boeung Ket in their opening league match before beating Bati Under18s in their second league match. They then suffered back-to-back defeats to Visakha and a heavy 5-1 loss to archrivals Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng.

Vitorino yesterday shared a post from the club website urging fans to continue backing the Brazilian. Appointed last October, Vitorino said he was committed to resurrecting a club which had declined under previous coach – Englishman Sean Sainsbury.

Under Sainsbury, the six-time champions fell behind to their traditional rivals. Crown spent much of last season scrapping against their mid-table rivals.

Asked what he hoped to achieve at Crown, Vitorino set the bar high.

“Sure I want to win the league. 100 percent! I know it will be a big challenge, he said in his opening press conference. “You need to prove how good you are when you get a big challenge like this. Also for the players, and the youngsters it will also be a big challenge.”

In an interview with the club’s website, defender Va Sokthorn said he remained confident that Vitorino was the right man for Crown.

“The coach needs time to exploit what he has within the team, he said “but I think he can achieve big things here. It’s all about time and trust,” he added.

In tomorrow’s highlight, second-place Ministry of National Defense welcome former champs Boeung Ket for what is sure to be a tasty evening clash. Also on Saturday, the still winless Bati Under18 Academy stay on the hunt for a first win as they face fellow league newcomers Kampong Cham.

Table-topping Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng will look to continue their 100 percent start to the season against Electricite du Cambodge.

On Sunday, Visakha make the trip to Siem Reap to face Angkor Tiger, while National Police Commissary hope for a result against Soltilo Angkor.

Defending champions NagaWorld have reason to be confident of getting something in their Sunday encounter with Kirivong Sok Sen Chey.

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