Monday, 10 January 2011 15:00 Ung Chamroeun
Weekend action from the 2010 Samdech Hun Sen Cup saw five Metfone C-League sides already qualify for the knockout phase with two victories in their first two group games. Prek Pra Keila was the only top tier side to drop points after drawing 1-1 with Mekong Kampuchea University on Saturday. National Defence Ministry saw striker Chhin Chhoeurn knock a brace twice past Life University in their opening game on Friday to kick start their title defence. Following a complaint made by the reigning champions, the Football Federation of Cambodia decided to ban former Army players Khim Borey, Soung Vireak, Nov Soseila and Sin Dalin from representing their new teams in the competition. The players had apparently not asked permission from their club to transfer to other teams during the off-season. Two-time golden boot winner Kouch Sokumpheak made another strong start to the Cup campaign netting all four goals for Phnom Penh Crown against newly created outfit Neak Khiev on Friday. Other frontrunners for the top scorer award included Teab Vathanak, who scored a sensational six goals when Naga Corp blasted Preah Sihanouk Autonomous Port 8-0 on Saturday, while Chhlam Samuth (previously known as Phouchung Neak) forward Pov Ratha fired four against Preah Vihear during their 8-2 win. In Vichheka, Chhun Sothearath, Sok Yang scored hat-tricks for Kirivong Sok Sen Chey, Build Bright United and Takeo respectively. Provincial side Kampot surprised everyone with their 14-1 trouncing of Kampong Speu on Friday, with Keat You bagging four. The Kampong Speu keeper was their busiest man again yesterday, when they were steamrolled 16-0 by premier club Kirivong Sok Sen Chey. Chan Rithy, former Phnom Penh Crown left winger and iconic national team player, made a guest appearance for his hometown team Banteay Meanchey. Rithy, who plays for Thai third division club Surin FC, scored his side’s only goal in their 2-1 loss to Rithy Sen.