Boeung Ket rout Army to claim Cup

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Boeung Ket Angkor lift the trophy after defeating the Ministry of National Defense in Sunday’s CNCC Charity Cup. KT / Yeun Punlue

Boeung Ket Angkor FC, champions of the 2016 Metfone C-League, stated their intent for the imminent 2017 season with a 3-0 thrashing of 2016 Hun Sen Cup winners Ministry of National Defense FC in Sunday’s very first CNCC Charity Cup final.
Despite losing the striking talents of recently transferred Dzarma Bata, Samuel Gbenga Ajayi and Chan Vathanaka, Boeung Ket had no trouble finding the back of the net as they drilled home three unanswered strikes in the first-half courtesy of a brace from Khuon Laboravy and a Tomoki Muramatsu effort to cap a handsome win at the National Olympic Stadium.
The CNCC Charity Cup is the brainchild of the newly-inaugurated Cambodia National Competitions Committee (CNCC) who, at a press conference earlier this month, stated that they would take the reins of controlling and organizing the C-League 1 and 2, as well as the Hun Sen Cup.
“In an attempt to replicate the success of Japan and Singapore’s respective football leagues, we must modernize and conduct football in Cambodia more professionally,” said Chang Piseth, executive secretary of the new commission.
Officials stressed that while the CNCC would operate as a separate department, it would remain under the auspices of the Football Federation of Cambodia.
Sunday was also the day Cambodia bid farewell to its most-loved football hero Chan Vathanaka, who recently agreed to a season-long loan move to Fujieda MYFC of Japan. Boeung Ket Angkor players donned T-shirts during their cup triumph while scores of media, fans and well-wishers traveled to the capital’s international airport later that evening to see the young forward off.
Vathanaka’s father Chan Chesda, governor of Kampot province, said he was proud of his son’s achievements. “This is a source of pride for the family and for the whole nation,” he said.
He said he hoped he would make the most of the opportunity to hone his craft with the innumerable facilities available to sportsmen and women in Japan.
“At just 23, Chan can benefit from the experience and technology to develop his capacity and improve to become a better player. This was important to him and us, and which is why we chose Japan over offers from Thailand and Malaysia.”
Fujieda is located in Shizuoka prefecture, a mere two-hour Shinkansen bullet train ride from the Japanese capital. The club currently competes in the third tier of the Japanese footballing pyramid.
Meanwhile, Phnom Penh Crown, six-time C-League champs, announced they have released three foreign players, all of whom were on short-term contracts: Chiharu Kosuge, Volodymyr Ordynskyi and Futa Nakamura. Crown is now in a race against time to fill the void left by the trio ahead of their opening C-League match against AEU on Sunday.

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