The new Cambodian professional football season will get underway on Saturday 27 March, and finish in August. There will be two games on the opening day and another two matches the following day, Sunday 28 March. With sponsorship already confirmed the new Metfone Cambodian League will comprise 10 teams with Post Tel and Phuchung Neak relegated from last season, and will be replaced by Prek Pra Keila and Chhma Khmao from Svay Rieng.
The opening weekend of matches will look like this:
Saturday 27 March
2.30pm Phnom Penh Crown v Wat Phnom
4.30pm Preah Khan Reach v Chhma Khmao
Sunday 28 March
2.30pm Naga Corpv Prek Pra Keila
4.30pm National Defense Ministry v Khemara Keila
On Wednesday 31 March, Kirivong will meet Build Bright (3.30pm).
One casualty of the season even before the league matches begin is Preah Khan Reach's former national team coach, Prak Sovannara. His team finished in 3rd place in the recent Hun Sen Cup tournament and that wasn't good enough for the PKR hierarchy. Third place was also PKR's finish in last season's league competition, though they had led the way for much of the campaign. The likelihood is that PKR will soon appoint a foreign coach to take over. As for Sovannara, he is the best qualified football coach in the country and should be back in work soon enough.