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Cambodian League primes for return this weekend

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Tiffy Army FC and Visakha FC will play separate opponents this coming weekend. KT/Yeun Punleau

The 2020 season of the Metfone Cambodian League (MCL) is set to resume with six matches this coming weekend.

Cambodia’s top football league has not played a single match since late March due to the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent ban on all sports activities.

According to the new schedule released by its organisers, the first match will pit Soltilo Angkor football club versus Boeung Ket FC on July 4. The match will be held at the Cambodia Airways Stadium in Phnom Penh.

The National Sports Academy (Bati) and Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng FC will play at the National Football Center in Takeo province, while National Police FC and Kirivong Sok Sen Chey FC will have their own match at the Kirivong Stadium, also in Takeo.

All the matches for Saturday will start at 3:30pm.

There are also three matches scheduled for Sunday, July 5. The first one is between Electricite du Cambodge and Angkor Tiger FC starting 3:30pm at the EDC Stadium in Phnom Penh, followed by the NagaWorld FC versus Tiffy Army FC tussle at the RCAF Old Stadium in Phnom Penh and Phnom Penh Crown FC versus Visakha FC game at the RSN Stadium in Phnom Penh. The last two matches will commence at 6:00pm.

The 13 teams competing in the MCL have been training extensively in preparation for its return. After being relegated to online and individual training, the teams were allowed to train on the pitch and hold friendly matches beginning of June.

In a prior interview, Oriol Segura, the head coach of Angkor Tiger FC, said they are confident of coming back stronger, especially since two of their key players who are injured might be able to return by that time. He was referring to forward Pich Sovankhamarin and defender Tang Pisey.

As per the recommendations of the Cambodian Government, not more than 100 participants will be allowed inside the venue. Hugging and shaking hands, which are common during the normal times, are also not allowed to lessen the risk of virus transmission.

After being under control for more than two months, the number of coronavirus infections in Cambodia has increased steeply once again, with 141 confirmed cases as of June 29.

 

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