Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Midweek fluff

This afternoon's solitary Metfone C-League match won't make too much impact on the league standings with Naga Corp catching up with one of the games they missed during their Burma adventures, as they face a dispirited Khemara Keila outfit who are going from bad to worse in recent weeks. These two teams finished as champions and runners-up at the end of last season in the Super 4 play-offs, when Naga won 2-1, but they couldn't be much further apart this time around. Naga, unbeaten in their half a dozen games, could go 3rd if they run riot against Khemara today, whilst the team in 7th spot are coming off the back of 4 straight defeats and are really struggling this campaign. I can't make the game as I'm at a work colleague's wedding party. Meanwhile Phnom Penh Crown arrive in Singapore today ready to face the French side Etoile on Friday, who are 2nd in the Singapore League having made quite a splash in their debut season. Interestingly, Crown have included Olisa Onyemerea in their squad. The big Nigerian striker was released by Preah Khan before the start of this season and looks likely to join Crown for the 2nd half of the campaign. Not on the team-sheet in Singapore is Oscar Mpoko.
Match result: As expected, in a pretty drab affair, Naga came out 2-0 winners, with a goal towards the end of each half from Chin Chum and Joseph Oyewole. Referee Tuy Vichheka managed his usual five yellow cards, and Naga stay in 4th spot. The best game of this coming weekend's fixtures is the first one on Saturday, where the Army meet Preah Khan, and I expect an Army win. A week from today Naga face Phnom Penh Crown in the final match of the 1st half of the C-League season.

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