League lead­ers Svay Rieng host Boe­ung Ket

The Phnom Penh Post - - FOOTBALL - HS Man­ju­nath

CAM­BO­DIA’S in­ter­na­tional play­ers re­turn to club duty af­ter a month-long break on Satur­day as the Met­fone C-League en­ters its 17th game­week.

The top four in the stand­ings are fea­tured in two key evening con­tests on Satur­day, with fifth-placed Min­istry of Na­tional De­fence out to fight back and re­gain their place in the top bracket.

Lead­ers Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng, en­joy­ing a five-point cush­ion over neares t r i va l s Na­gaWorld, wel­come to their home pitch defending cham­pi­ons Boe­ung Ket Angkor, whose sec­ond-round re­vival is adding ex­tra di­men­sion to the fight for the four play­off spots at the end of the league phase.

Sec­ond-placed Na­gaWorld travel to RSN Sta­dium for a cru­cial tilt against six-time cham­pi­ons Ph­nom Penh Crown, who are cur­rently third, just a point be­hind their ri­vals.

A strong show­ing by im­ports May­con Cal­i­juri, Esoh Paul Omogba and Sa­muel Ajayi fea­tured in Boe­ung Ket’s solid win over the Army be­fore the break, in a game where the sea­soned Khun Lab­o­ravy came off the bench to show his worth.

It is on this quar­tet that Boe­ung Ket’s scor­ing po­ten­tial lies.

The in-form Ge­orge Bisan, once a pro­lific scorer for Crown, has bol­stered Svay Rieng’s at­tack­ing op­tions. Home ad­van­tage could be a vi­tal fac­tor favour­ing the fron­trun­ners.

For the first time since the start of the sea­son, Army lost their foot­ing at the top fol­low­ing three straight de­feats.

The side will be hard pressed to make up lost ground when they meet Cam­bo­dian Tiger at Old Sta­dium.

Teams in the lower half of the ta­ble will be in ac­tion on Sun­day’s card of three matches.

Week­end fix­tures Satur­day Sun­day

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