Chan Vathanaka, Cambodia’s prodigious forward, has announced his return to the Metfone C-League by rejoining former club Boeung Ket for a third time.
The news, announced on the club’s website, was met with positivity from fans of the former C-League champions.
“Vathanaka’s return is good for us in the second half of the C-League. He has good points which will help us out where we are lacking,” said BK coach Hao Socheat.
National team coaching duo Keisuke Honda and Felix G. Dalmas left fans searching for answers recently after omitting Vathanaka for the recently concluded double-header against Pakistan.
While his Malaysia-based compatriot Thierry Chantha Bin found a place in Honda’s 25-man squad, Vathanaka, much to the chagrin of fans, did not receive a call-up after struggling to break into the first eleven at PKNS. His contract for the second half of the Malaysian Super League was not renewed. He made 13 appearances and netted three goals in his short stint.
He was previously at Pahang of the Malaysian Super League in 2018 – although it was a spell he would want to forget.
His spell at Pahang FA came to an abrupt end in April 2018, a little under five months after making a high-profile switch to the Malaysian Super League club. Vathanaka found himself expendable with the club’s coach Dollah Salleh choosing to replace him with Issey Nakajima.