The Olympic Stadium will host a repeat of the 2015 Metfone C-League playoff final pitting champions Phnom Penh Crown against beaten playoff and 2015 Hun Sen Cup finalists NagaWorld FC this Saturday.
In their last encounter, a January pre-season warm-up match at RSN Stadium, the sides battled to a 1-1 draw. With the league now well underway, NagaWorld has made a stuttering start after unexpectedly drawing their opening game with Western FC and suffering a slender 1-0 defeat to Ministry of National Defense FC in their last outing.
Crown meanwhile, has fared better, winning their opening game against Cambodian Tiger FC by 3-1 thanks to a superb hat-trick by Shane Booysen.
They were then held to a goalless draw by National Police FC in their meeting last weekend, although just minutes into the encounter, South African forward Booysen joined teammates Keo Sokpheng and Thierry Chantha Bin on the sidelines after suffering an injury, and was forced to come off.
Crown currently sits in fourth position in the league standings with four points to their credit. Svay Rieng FC, Boeung Ket and Army occupy first, second and third respectively all with 100 percent records.
Boeung Ket will attempt to preserve their winning streak, their latest win a 6-0 hammering of Western, against CMAC United this evening at the Olympic Stadium, although CMAC themselves will be looking to continue the momentum gained after their capitulation of Asia Europe United FC last Sunday.
Timothy Chiemerie Okereke was the CMAC hero as he delivered a hat-trick to help his side to a 5-1 victory.
Other weekend matches see the league’s struggling ninth and tenth placed sides, AEU and Cambodian Tiger, meet at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the hope of registering their first points of the season.
On Sunday, Svay Rieng will hope to maintain their impressive start to the season in their third consecutive home game, which will see them welcome National Police to the Svay Rieng Stadium.
Vandeth Sam’s 2015 Hun Sen Cup winners go into the weekend sitting atop the league thanks to a 6-2 defeat of CMAC in their opener and last weekend’s 6-1 rout of Cambodian Tiger.
On Sunday afternoon, Army will travel to Western Stadium to face Western, hoping North Korean import Choe Myong-ho can repeat the heroics of last weekend – the striker nodded home the winning goal against a staunchly defensive Naga side in a 1-0 win.
Ministry of National Defense FC came away from their encounter with NagaWorld FC last weekend with a 1-0 win. KT / Yeun Punlue