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Naga hit six to celebrate title

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NagaWorld are now three-time winners of the C-League. KT / Yeun Punlue

Newly-crowned champions NagaWorld put the icing on their Metfone C-League Championship cake with a 6-2 thrashing of National Police Commissary in their final league match of the season on Saturday.

Coach Meas Channa’s Naga had already wrapped up the league title last weekend, their first in almost a decade, after recording a 2-1 win over Visakha. Saturday’s win came via the boot of George Bisan, whose four goals on the night also saw the Nigerian claim his second Golden Boot win. He finished the season with a final tally of 28 goals – ahead of fellow African forward Privat Mbarga of AEU.

Their latest championship win brings to a close almost a decade without the league trophy in Naga hands – their last win coming in 2009 then known as NagaCorp. They also triumphed in 2007. Their 18 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses saw them edge out back to back champs Boeung Ket who finished the season in second.

Other matchweek games on Saturday were also high scoring with Ministry of National Defense humiliating Electricte du Cambodge 9-1. Elsewhere, AEU were 7-3 victors over lowly Western.

In yesterday’s afternoon action, the Siem Reap derby matchup between Soltilo Angkor and Angkor Tiger finished in a 0:0 stalemate.

All that remains in domestic football for the season is next weekend’s Hun Sen Cup final between Ministry of National Defense and Police and the customary CNCC Football Awards which made their debut last season.

While the kingdoms football fans may miss the lack of club action, their thoughts can now turn to international concerns as Cambodia ramps up preparation for November’s AFF Suzuki Cup.

The Keisuke Honda-led Angkor Warriors play an international friendly against Timor Leste on October 12 in preparation for the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup competition. Cambodia find themselves in Group A alongside Myanmar, Malaysia, Laos and Vietnam.

Cambodia start their cup bid with a home game against Malaysia on November 8th in Phnom Penh. The competition will take place between November 8 to December 15 across 10 Southeast Asian nations.

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