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NagaWorld look to bounce back

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NagaWorld will look to bounce back from last weekend’s shock defeat to Kirivong. KT / Yeun Punlue

With the English Premier League sure to capture the headlines with its 2019/2020 season opener this weekend, Cambodian fans can also help bolster local domestic football with the Metfone C-League entering its 19th round of fixtures.

In tomorrow’s highlight NagaWorld will look to bounce back from last weekend’s shock defeat to Kirivong Sok Sen Chey as they travel to Smart RSN Stadium to challenge perennial rivals Phnom Penh Crown. Sitting eight points behind league leaders Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng, the defending champions will be looking to avoid further dropped points if they are to defend their league title.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Kompong Cham will aim for a second consecutive win after registering only their second win of the season last weekend. They face Visakha who themselves have built up seven consecutive league wins and sit level on points with Naga.

Former champions Boeung Ket will welcome Bati Academy U18s to the Cambodia Airways Stadium, while Electricite du Cambodge and Asia Europe United open the weekend fixtures in tomorrow afternoon’s highlight.

On Sunday, table-topping PKR Svay Rieng make the journey to Siem Reap where they will look to maintain their unbeaten league record against Angkor Tiger. In Sunday’s other fixtures, Ministry of National Defense host Soltilo Angkor, while Kirivong meet National Police Commissary.

In International action, Cambodia’s Under-18 national football team play the second fixture of their 2019 AFF U-18 Next Media Cup campaign in neighbouring Vietnam.

The young Angkor Warriors face favoured Thailand this afternoon before facing Malaysia on Sunday. The kingdom’s youngsters are chasing regional glory at the two-week tournament which kicked off on Tuesday.

Cambodia have been drawn in Group B alongside Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, and Australia and play their games in Ho Chi Minh City.

Myanmar, Indonesia, Laos, Timor-Leste, Philippines and Brunei Darussalam are in Group A, and they play their games in the capital city of Binh Duong province.

Divided into two groups of six teams, the group winners and runners-up will advance to the semi-finals. The final is scheduled to be held on August 19 at the Thong Nhat Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City.

In their group opener on Tuesday, the team fell 5-1 to their Australian counterparts and will need a result against Thailand if they are to have any hope of progressing to the semi-final stage.

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