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Vathanaka heads BK to victory

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Chan Vathanaka (centre) made his first start in a Boeung Ket jersey since his return. KT / Yeun Punlue

Boeung Ket forward Chan Vathanaka made a winning return to the Metfone C-League heading home the winner against National Police for in his first start for defending champs since his return from the Malaysian Super League last month.

Vathanaka ghosted in behind the Police defence midway through the second period to head home Samuel Gbenga Ajayi’s pinpoint cross from the left-wing. The goal handed the Rubbermen a 1-0 victory at the National Stadium in Saturday’s highlight.

“My first goal in Metfone C-League. Thanks to my teammates to help me achieve this. Also thanks to our fans for always supporting,” reads a post on his official Facebook page.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Vathanaka said he was keen to help Boeung Ket secure a third staright domestic league title.

“My own goals are not important, said the 24-year old. “The main focus is to help Boeung Ket win and to claim a third consecutive league. As well as contest the Hun Sen Cup.”

He also praised the Boeung Ket youth development programme and said the club could expect success with its continued focus on youth churning out talent.

“I am shocked to see young players make it to the first eleven. And they do well on the pitch and score goals,” said Vathnaka. “They are intelligent with their movement [on the pitch] and ability to get into scoring positions.”

In other matchweek 14 action at the weekend, NagaWorld’s challenge for the title hit a bump as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Angkor Tiger at the Siem Reap Stadium. Joichiro Sugiyama gave the hosts the lead 15 minutes into the match but Mathew Osa was on hand to claim a share of the points for the casino-backed Naga five minutes before the first half break.

On Saturday, Ministry of National Defense scored a 3-1 victory over Asia Europe United, while Soltilo Angkor continued to compound Western struggles with a 3-0 victory. 14 matches into the season, Western are yet to garner a point.

In yesterday’s matches, Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng continued their ascent with a 4-2 win over Electricite du Cambodge. Nub Tola notched a brace, while Sergio Barboza and Prak Mony Udom also got on the scoresheet at EDC Stadium.

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