The Metfone C-League turned Mickey Mouse yesterday with the midweek match at Olympic Stadium. The National Police team had already qualified for the Super 4 play-offs and were playing their final match of the regular domestic season before the skip over to Vietnam to play in an Asian police tournament. Their opponents were already-relegated Chhlam Samuth. In another bizarre showing from the Police team, they fielded an under-strength team apart from their main striker, Nelson Oladiji, and effectively handed the Sea Sharks a chance of success, which they took, winning 7-6. Despite Oladiji netting four times, to take him to the top of the goalscorers chart with 18 goals, his team failed to overcome the league's perennial strugglers. In most leagues around the globe, there are rules against fielding second-string line-ups, so I would expect the Police team to be fined if it's proved they did exactly that. Unless of course, the federation don't have such a restriction.
With the league campaign winding-down and the Super 4 places and relegation issues all over bar the shouting, this weekend's fixtures should see Boeung Ket strengthen their claim on a top four finish with a win over relegated Western Uni in Saturday's opening game. Table-toppers Naga should do the same against Kirivong in the second match. Sunday's games will see Phnom Penh Crown attempt to cement fifth spot with victory over the Army, whilst BBU will need a victory against Preah Khan Reach to leapfrog over Crown and keep alive their faint hopes of a play-off placing.