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Boeung Ket part ways with Thai coach

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Coach Apisit Im Amphai answers question during a media briefing. Boeung Ket

Boeung Ket football club will have a new coach at the helm when the Metfone Cambodian League (MCL) resumes next month.

The club announced this week it has amicably parted ways with coach Apisit Im Amphai, who has been with the team for a little over six months.

“Boeung Ket football club would like to announce to the public and the press that the coach and the club have reached an official agreement on the termination of the contract between the two parties,” said a press release on the club’s website.

“Everyone at Boeung Ket would like to thank Apisit for his role in leading the club in the past and wishes him good luck,” it added.

It is not clear if Apisit will be return to coaching in Thailand. The announcement only says he is going back to Thailand for ‘personal reasons’.

Apisit steered Boeung Ket FC in the MCL, before Cambodia’s top football league suspended its matches in late March because of the coronavirus outbreak. The 2020 Season of the MCL will resume on July 4.

Under him, Boeung Ket FC compiled two wins and two draws after four matches, leaving the team with eight points and in fifth place overall among the 13 teams competing in the MCL.

Boeung Ket FC announced the appointment of Apisit in December last year. He replaced former coach Hao Socheat.

They are one of the strongest teams in the Cambodian League and is among the favourites to win the crown this year.

Boeung Ket FC has won the Cambodian League title three times (2012, 2016 and 2017) and has been the runner-up thrice (2013, 2014 and 2018). Last year, Boeung Ket FC placed fourth in the MCL and took the Hun Sen Cup crown after beating Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng FC in the finals.

Prior to joining Boeung Ket FC, Apisit also had a stint with Phnom Penh Crown FC from 2008 to 2010. He guided the team to two consecutive titles (2008 and 2009) in the Hun Sen Cup and the Cambodian League crown in 2010.

He resigned from Phnom Penh Crown FC in 2010 to join Buriram FC in the Thai League 1.

Kim Pheakdey, the team’s technical director, will temporarily fill in the position until a new coach is named.

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