With the Metfone C-League season done and dusted for another season, Ministry of National Defense face National Police on Saturday for the final of the Hun Sen Cup – Cambodia’s premier knockout cup competition.
Army secured passage to the final coming from behind to win a thrilling 3-1 victory in extra-time over rivals NagaWorld in their semi-final meeting at the Olympic Stadium.
Nhim Sovannara had poked Naga ahead after seizing on a fumbled catch by Army keeper Um Sereirath in the 9th minute but Sok Heang smartly restored parity for Army midway through the first half. After 90 minutes of action failed to separate the sides, Army struck twice through the head of Por Piseth and a splendid Chhin Choeun finish to claim a place in the final.
National Police secured their berth after registering a 2-0 defeat of Angkor Tiger in the other semi-final.
The Hun Sen Cup, short for the Samdech Akkak Moha Sena Pedey Decho Hun Sen Cup, debuted in 2007 and has since been played annually. The inaugural competition was won by Khemara Keila, with Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng the most successful side in the tournament’s short history with four cup wins.
In last year’s final, PKR were in no mood for niceties as they ended their season on a high with a 3-0 thrashing of NagaWorld. Sok Samnang struck a fine double in a first-half dominated by coach Vandeth Sam’s men, sending PKR into the half-time break with a comfortable lead. A Hoy Phallin thunderbolt midway through the second half killed off any chance of an unlikely Naga fightback and handing PKR a fourth domestic cup.
Spectator’s for the final will be entertained by popular singers G-Davit and Tep Bopha while a traditional Apsara Dance performance is pencilled in for 4pm ahead of the 6:30 pm kick-off.
Tickets for the final are priced at 5,000 riel for superior seating and 3,000 riel for general tickets. The CNCC announced that 1,000 riel per ticket would be donated to Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital.