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Four players sacked by MCL teams this season

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Prak SovannPhiseth (right) and Soeung Panha had their contracts terminated for unspecified violations of team rules. Facebook

Soltilo Angkor FC has terminated the contracts of two of its players a few days ago, bringing to four the number of players sacked in the Metfone Cambodian League (MCL) this season.

The Siem Reap-based team announced this week that it has terminated the contracts of defender Prak SovannPiseth and midfielder Soeung Pahna.

The announcement did not cite the exact reason for Soltilo Angkor FC’s sudden action, only saying that the duo violated club rules and committed ‘actions unbecoming of a professional player’.

Prak and Soeung’s sacking followed that of Mat Yamin and Seng Kosen early this year. Mat, who plays as a midfielder for Boeung Ket FC, was terminated by his team after a drug arrest in Phnom Penh two months ago.

Seng, for his part, was let go by Phnom Penh Crown FC early this year for unknown reasons.

The Mat incident plus similar occurrences prompted teams to tighten their rules and punish wayward players and other staff. With that, we could see more sackings in the future to redeem the image of the MCL and teams playing in Cambodia’s top football league.

Panha Soeung

To make sure players, coaches and other staff are ‘clean’, Angkor Tiger FC and Visakha FC, in February and March, mandated random drug tests for members of their organisation. The results all came back negative.

While justified, the sacking of Prak and Soeung could have an adverse impact on Soltilo Angkor FC as the team tries to climb up in the standings.

The two are key players for Soltilo Angkor FC, a team owned by Japanese football legend Keisuke Honda. Honda is also the current general manager of the Cambodian national football team.

Soeung, 24, just signed a contract extension with Soltilo Angkor FC in December last year. He had prior stints with the Build Bright United FC, Asia Euro United FC and Boeung Ket FC.

Prak previously played for Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng FC, where he infamously missed a spot kick in the finals against National Defence FC four years ago. He also had a stint with the Cambodian U-19 national football team.

Soltilo Angkor FC currently sits close to the bottom of the standings with a single win and four losses to show after five matches.

The 2020 Season of the MCL is temporarily suspended pending the resolution of the Coronavirus pandemic that is raging through Cambodia and other parts of the world. There is still no announcement when the tournament will resume.

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