Crown's starting line-up: [Back Row LtoR] Njoku, Narong, Sovannrithy, Visokra, C Dara, Obadin, Chaya [Front Row] Vanthan, Narith, Virak, H PhengKingsley Njoku scored five goals in Phnom Penh Crown's practice match this afternoon, as they strolled to a 10-1 win over Asia Euro University in a one-sided affair at Tuol Kork. Bojan Hodak, Crown's head coach, called it "better than training, but we really need some tough matches to sharpen us up," and likened Njoku's 4th goal in the last minute to something out of the movie Escape to Victory with an Osvaldo Ardiles-type flick over the head of a defender and a neat finish past the goalkeeper. For the record, it's also called a rainbow kick.
Crown led 3-nil at the interval but after that, as the goals rained in, Crown's focus and discipline wasn't maintained, and the university students netted one of three good chances they created. Suong Virak opened the scoring in the 5th minute, Njoku scored his first on 19 minutes and Hong Pheng found the net for the first time in a Crown shirt, four minutes before the break. Five minutes into the 2nd half and Njoku finished off a Virak pass, and six minutes after that Sun Sovannrithy scored in his first game for Crown. Njoku's hat-trick arrived on the hour mark, thanks to Hong Ratana's set-up and the supplier turned goalscorer three minutes later. A few minutes after coming on as a sub, Koem Sophanal scored in the 85th minute, before Njoku grabbed the last two goals, both in the final minute. His 4th was courtesy of that Ardiles' flick after a solo run.
Joining Sovannrithy for his first game in Crown colours was sixteen-year-old goalkeeper Keo Dara who came on for the last eight minutes and made two good saves. Defender Sok Sovan was missing as he's been loaned out to Kompong Cham side Neak Khiev, who were involved in the three-way play-off for the spot in the C-League vacated by the disappearance of cash-less Khemara Keila. Chhlam Samuth, the former Phuchung Neak team, claimed the last remaining spot in this season's C-League with a 3-0 win over Neak Khiev earlier today.
PPCFC line-up: Visokra (K Dara 82), C Dara (Nwafor 45), Vanthan (Sochivorn 45), Sovannrithy, Obadin; Narith (Sophat 65), Narong, Chaya, Virak (Sophanal 78); Njoku, H Pheng (Ratana 50).