Defending cup holders Ministry of National Defense and Cambodia’s most successful club side Phnom Penh Crown hurtled out of the Hun Sen Cup on Wednesday evening leaving the field wide open for rivals to claim the title.
Crown were victims of a 1-0 smash and grab from former champions NagaWorld at the RSN Stadium. The slender win coming via Sos Suhana – a former Crown player – scoring midway through the second half.
Crown defender Kok Boris took to his Facebook page to speak of his disillusionment at the result.
“I think this is a good idea to give responsibilities for our young players. We have very big potential but the reality is another thing,” he said.
“We cannot expect so much about these 17 to 19-year-old boys, said the experienced defender.
“For a few players this is their first year in MCL. So I think we have amazing players but they need to get experience and for the next years PPCFC will come back number one.
I’m sorry for our fans today we are not in top team,” he added.
Elsewhere on Wednesday, Preah Khan Reach Svau Rieng thrashed Army by 3-0 with Army goalkeeper Um Sereyroth apologising to fans after the heavy defeat.
“Sorry for all the fans for this year. We cannot keep up our form,” said the young keeper.
In the other quarter final fixtures Boeung Ket defeated Kirivong SSC 2-0, while Electricite du Cambodge claimed the final berth prevailing over National Police 2-1.
Domestic league action this weekend kicks off with a 3pm meeting tomorrow between Police and Crown with Army and AEU facing off that same evening at Army Stadium.
At Svay Rieng, league leaders PKR Svay Rieng have date with lowly Western.
Sunday rounds off matchweek 21 of the C-League with fixtures between Cambodian Tiger versus Boeung Ket, EDC tackling Kirivong SSC and finally CMAC facing NagaWorld.