Boeung Ket football club is on the verge of winning the title in this year’s Metfone Cambodian League (MCL).
Boeung Ket FC is ahead in the standings with 40 points and only needs a draw during its final game to clinch the club’s fourth title in Cambodia’s top football league.
Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng FC, the winner last year, follows closely behind with 38 points. Both teams have one game remaining before the MCL concludes next weekend.
PKR Svay Rieng FC’s final game of the season will be against NagaWorld FC on October 25. Boeung Ket FC will face Phnom Penh Crown FC that same day.
“We only need one point,” Boeung Ket FC posted on its Facebook page. A team gets three points for every win and one point for every drawn match.
PKR Svay Rieng FC’s best hope is that it will win and Boeung Ket FC lose its final game. In that case, PKR Svay Rieng FC will win the title by a single point, 41-40.
If PKR Svay Rieng FC wins and Boeung Ket FC draws its last game, the two teams will end the season with the same score (40). In that case. Boeung Ket FC will still win the title by virtue of superior result in head to head matches between the two sides this year.
Tournament rules stipulate that in such scenario, the result of head to head matches between the teams will determine the outcome.
Boeung Ket FC beat PKR Svay Rieng FC, 4-2, during their first match in August. Their second game last month ended in a 1-1 draw.
For the past several weeks, the two teams were neck and neck in the rankings. PKR Svay Rieng FC briefly pulled ahead on Sunday when it defeated Visakha FC, 2-0. But Boeung Ket FC’s 2-0 win against Tiffy Army FC later that day brought the team back on top.
Boeung Ket FC also won the Cambodian League title in 2012, 2016 and 2017.
Last year, Boeung Ket FC finished fourth in the MCL, 13 points behind PKR Svay Rieng FC. Boeung Ket FC compensated for
its dismal performance in the Cambodian League that year by winning the title in the Hun Sen Cup.
This year, Boeung Ket FC started slow. The team went on a roll after parting ways with then-coach Apisit Im Amphai in June. The Thai coach’s place was taken over on an interim basis by Kim Pheakdey, the team’s technical director.
The latest developments will be disappointing for the fans of PKR Svay Rieng FC, which has been tipped to repeat this year. PKR Svay Rieng FC ranked number one for most of the season, before being overtaken by Boeung Ket FC at the end of the first leg.