With the Metfone C-League on hiatus until after the international break, two of Cambodia’s most decorated club sides locked horns in a friendly encounter at the RSN Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Phnom Penh Crown emerged victors on a rain-drenched RSN Stadium pitch, beating 2016 league champions Boeung Ket by two goals to nil.
The 2-0 win came courtesy of a Shane Booysen double – the South African putting to bed rumours of an impending departure with a pair of sublime efforts to down Crown’s arch rivals.
His first came after latching on to a splendid through ball from teammate Keo Sokpheng and a feint to leave Boeung Ket keeper Sou Yaty in no man’s land before rolling the ball into the unguarded net.
The fleet-footed 28-year-old then doubled his and the team’s lead in the second half with a thunderous effort from outside the box, handing his side a morale-boosting 2-0 victory over tough opposition.
Rumours of Booysen’s impending departure from the club hit social media in recent days after a cryptic Facebook posting from the South African was latched upon by the Cambodian media.
“Blessed to have played with some good players on my Journey and I thank God for where he is taking me next,” said the post on Booysen’s social media page.
Booysen, who joined the club in March 2015, was forced to quell speculation in an interview with the media after Saturday’s win.
“At the moment I can’t really say much. I am serving my duties at Phnom Penh Crown so I would say it’s just a rumour. I’ll do my job at Phnom Penh Crown until further notice,” Booysen told reporters.
In international action, coach Leonardo Vitorino is preparing for his October 10 date with Vietnam in the AFC Cup group stage by calling on a selection of players for training, starting today.
A late second-half winner saw Vietnam defeat Cambodia 2-1 in their meeting last month and Vitorino will be eager to score a win against Cambodia’s bitter rivals. Cambodia have two defeats and a win over Afghanistan to their credit.