Second-half goals from Nigerian attacker Mathew Osa and Korean midfielder Song Chi-hun at the Old Stadium on Saturday helped NagaWorld leapfrog defending champions Boeung Ket to top of the Metfone C-League standings at the end of Matchweek 18.
Naga coach Meas Channa claimed midfielder Sos Suhana was the gamechanger after making his entrance in the second period and helping Naga claim a 2-0 victory over the bacl-to-back Metfone C-League champs.
“Both teams play very well,” he said in his post-match comments. “Boeung Ket played well, but the key for me was after we brought on [Sos] Suhana, said coach Channa. “ He changed the game.”
Meanwhile, Boeung Ket coach Hao Socheat bemoaned poor finishing by his attackers.
“We did a good first half but it was not enough. We could only control the ball from the defence to the midfield but had no attacking threat,” said the Boeung Ket tactician. “When the ball did go into their danger areas we couldn’t capitalise and finish.”
Naga, on 44 points, now lead the league and are two points clear of second-placed BK. With a mere four games to play they are favourites to secure a fist domestic league title since 2009. Elsewhere on Saturday, Phnom Penh Crown continued the precipitous slide suffering a heavy 4-0 defeat at home to Angkor Tiger. Visakha came from a goal down to claim a 2-1 victory over Soltilo Angkor.