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El Nasa rockets Cambodia into next stage of AFC Cup

February 20, 2011 Leave a comment
SamEl Nasa’s dramatic extra-time winner in Macau on Wednesday night
secured Cambodia a place in Group C of the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup
qualifiers, ending with a 5-4 aggregate score over the former
Portuguese colony.
Sam El Nasa scored the 107th-minute winner to lift Cambodia past Macau. Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun
Things had looked promising for the Kingdom
as they extended their 3-1 lead from the first leg with a strike by
Khim Borey in injury time of the first half.

Borey, who signed
with Thai Premier League club Sisaket FC last month, was then replaced
by veteran Preah Khan Reach forward Sam El Nasa on the hour mark.

Moments
later, the hosts began a 13-minute spell that saw them claw right back
into the tie. Midfielder Wong Vernon started the fightback before
substitute Leong Ka Hang pegged another back in the 73rd minute.

And
just two minutes more saw things leveled with Vinicio de Jesus Morais
Alves also coming off the Macau bench to score, sending the home fans
wild and the visitors into shellshock.

However, Cambodia
remained resolute to the end and the experience of Sam El Nasa shone
through as he helped avoid an imminent penalty shootout by netting in
the 107th minute to send them through.

Cambodia, ranked 166th
in FIFA World rankings, will now face Group C hosts the Maldives
(160th), as well as 2006 inaugural champions Tajikistan (141st) and
Kyrgyzstan (175th) in games played from March 20-31. The top two teams
from the round robin tournament will qualify for the finals to be
played next year.

Phnom Penh Post

Naga, Kirivong go forward

January 31, 2011 Leave a comment
Kirivong Sok Sen Chey’s In Vichheka runs away from a tackle from a
Takeo player during their last 16 match of the 2011 Samdech Hun Sen Cup
yesterday at Olympic Stadium. Kirivong won the Takeo derby 4-1. Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun
THE final two slots for the 2011 Samdech Hun Sen Cup quarterfinals were
filled yesterday at Olympic Stadium. Metfone C-League heavyweight Naga
Corp brushed aside provincial minnows Koh Kong 4-0 thanks to a 16
minute first-half blitz.

The visitors had their work cut out
from early on, losing their keeper Soup Phy to a persistant leg strain
after just ten minutes. His replacement, Chhin Leang Srun, struggled
with the standard and made several panicked clearances during the
contest.

On 23 minutes, Naga opened the scoring with experienced
striker Teab Vathanak heading home from a Meas Channa corner. Three
minutes later, and the roles were reversed as a Vathanak cross set up
Channa to double their lead.

Vathanak then curled a sublime free
kick over the wall and beyond the reach of the Koh Kong stopper from 25
metres out, and moments later Chin Chum got in on the fun with his own
goal to set an intimidating scoreline going into the break.

After the restart, Naga seemed far less imposing with Vathanak and Chum squandering half chances.

Naga
coach Prak Sovannara was delighted to see his side maintain their run
of clean sheets in the competition, and wished for another in the next
round.

Kirivong win battle of Takeo
In
yesterday late kickoff, provincial rivals Kirivong Sok Sen Chey and
Takeo played out an engaging match. Unsurprisingly, top tier outfit
Kirivong emerged 4-1 victors over their hometown rivals, although Takeo
had given a strong showing and had kept things at a stalemate up until
halftime.

Indeed, they could’ve been ahead with the best chance
coming from a Hy Sok Veng freekick from the left, which cannoned off
the crossbar only for Kirivong keeper Kem Makara to scoop it up off the
line.

Makara then had his heart in his mouth as he miskicked a passback but saw the ball dribble just wide of the post.

After
the interval, Kirivong started to take control with Seng Kom Sen
netting a neat freekick on 58 minutes, and Meak Chhordaravuth extending
their advantage minutes later.

Hy Sok Veng, who played with
Build Bright United last year, pegged one back for Takeo, before
teammate Yem Bros missed an opportunity to draw the sides level.

In
the 80th minutes, Kirivong hotshot grabbed the goal he was looking for
all match to equal Khounla Boravy of Preah Khan Reach on 16 goals from
the Cup campaign.

Boravy, who had turned up especially to
watch the game in the hope that Vichheka would fail to find the net,
expressed his displeasure from the stands at the thought of having to
share the one million riels (US$248) cash prize for the Golden Boot
with his national team roommate.

In the last minute of regulation time, Chhordaravuth sealed the victory with a strike to send Takeo packing.

Phnom Penh Post