Visakha leapfrogged NagaWorld after registering a 2-0 win away to Kompong Cham in the weekend’s Metfone C-League action. Defending champs NagaWorld could only muster a 2-2 draw away to Phnom Penh Crown while table-topping Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng were held to a 1-1 draw at Angkor Tiger.
Visakha’s win on Sunday came courtesy of goals in each half from Pak Song Chol and Nigerian marksman Ajayi Opeyemi Korede. Visakha now sit in second behind league leaders Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng.
Despite the departure of much-loved coach Hok Sochivorn, interim coach Akeeb Tunji Ayoyinka has now steered the club to successive league wins over Soltilo Angkor and National Police Commissary, home and away wins over Kirivong Sok Sen Chey, defeat of six-time champs Phnom Penh Crown, Angkor Tiger, and Now Kompong Cham.
With Preah Khan Reach going onto the weekend five points clear of their nearest rivals, Coach Conor Nestor’s men were looking to continue their unbeaten run in the league away to Angkor Tiger. After a goalless first period at the Siem Reap Stadium, the visitors broke the deadlock as Englishman Charlie Machell’ sublime 53rd minute lob gave Conor Nestor’s men the lead. However, the hosts soon struck back as Tiger struck back through Argentinian forward Alexis Ramos in the 61st.
Reacting on social media, PKR’s American defender Jonny Campbell brushed off the dropped points.
“Today, was not an easy game in Siem Reap, reads the post. “The pitch is one of the worst football pitches I’ve ever played on in my life, but we managed to get a draw away from home. It’s not the result we wanted, but we continue moving forward. Thank you to all the fans for traveling all the way from Svay Rieng to support us today. Also, thank you to the Tiger supporters for making it a good atmosphere.”
Elsewhere on Sunday, Phnom Penh Crown held NagaWorld to a 2-2 draw at the Smart RSN Stadium, while Asia Europe United shaded Electricite du Cambodge 2-1.