Defending Champs to Make Cup Debut

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Prak Mony Udom (C) of Preah Khan Svay Rieng FC makes his entrance at the final of the Hun Sen Cup in February 2015. KT/Srey Chan

Defending champions Preah Khan Svay Rieng FC    will make their 2016 Hun Sen Cup debut today when they face Sihanoukville Autonomous Port at the club’s own Svay Rieng Stadium.
 
The club, drawn in group A along with Cambodian Tiger FC, Sihanoukville Autonomous Port, Kampong Chhnang, Boeung Ket Angkor Youth (Kampong Cham) and Kandal Province, face a Sihanoukville side that garnered a slender 1-0 win over the Boeung Ket youth side in their opening cup fixture on April 6.
 
Svay Rieng’s route to the 2015 final saw the club declared slim favorites as their irresistible group stage form saw them top their group.
 
They won their first two group games 6-0 and 23-1 respectively, with captain Prak Mony Udom bagging a sensational 16 goals in the latter game against Prey Veng.
 
Game three saw Naga and Svay Rieng meet in a tight game, which ended in a 1-1 draw, with Mony Udom scoring yet again.
 
Svay Rieng then dispatched Metfone C-league champions Phnom Penh Crown FC at the quarterfinal stage. A brace from none other than Mony Udom put them on their way to a 4-1 win and a showdown with surprise package TriAsia PP FC in the semifinal.
 
Mony Udom was the hero once more as yet another double helped Svay Rieng secure their final berth with a 2-0 win on home turf.
 
Goals from Mony Udom and Nub Tola helped the side overcome Naga in a tense final to secure the cup for the third time for the provincial side.
 
Svay Rieng was unable to translate their 2015 cup winning performance to their 2015 league campaign, finishing the season in sixth position in the league standings, behind National Defense Ministry, and outside of the qualification playoff spots.
 
Vandeth Sam’s men remain the only side to maintain an unbeaten start to their 2016 C-League season, leading at the top of the standings with 13 points, with a one-point cushion ahead of Boeung Ket Angkor FC in second-place.
 
Rwandan-Ugandan striker Atuheire Kipson, 23, has been integral to the club’s solid form, notching up six goals in the process, while South Korean attacker Lee Jong-ho and Cambodian forward Sok Samnang have also helped the side in recent wins over Western FC and NagaWorld.
 
Elsewhere in group A, C-League side Cambodian Tiger will hope to bounce back from an unexpected 2-2 draw with Kampong Chhnang in their opening cup tie, when they welcome Kandal Province to Western Stadium.
 
Kampong Chhnang and Boeung Ket Angkor Youth will contest the final group A game of the day at Kampong Chhnang.
 
In Group B, Boeung Ket Angkor FC will hope to make it two wins in their afternoon encounter with Prey Veng Province at the National Olympic Stadium.
 
The Army side, which mauled Prey Veng 8-1 in their opening tie, will welcome Stung Treng to Army Stadium, while Kampong Thom and Asia Europe United FC complete the Wednesday group B fixtures as they face off at the National Stadium.
 
The Hun Sen Cup, short for the Samdech Akkak Moha Sena Pedey Decho Hun Sen Cup, debuted in 2007 and has since been played annually and is now in its tenth year.  The inaugural competition was won by Khemara Keila, with Svay Rieng being the most successful side in the tournament’s short history with three cup victories. While last year’s competition took place at the close of the season, this year’s cup will run parallel with the league and culminate in the grand finale slated for July 2.

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