Boeung Ket Target Positive Result To Bring Home to Cambodia Olampic stadium
Boeung Ket FC will be looking for a positive result to take back to Cambodia when they meet Sanna Khanh Hoa BVN FC in the opening match of the Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2017.
Boeung Ket visit the Hang Day Stadium on Saturday for the opening leg of their first round clash with Sanna Khanh Hoa, having only sealed their place in the tournament last weekend as the top-ranked side in the Cambodian League.
Having finished as runners-up in the TMCC in 2015, Boeung Ket will be hoping they can emulate that run to the final at the very least.
And while they may not have had plenty of time to prepare, striker Maycon Calijuri insists they are raring to go for Saturday’s game.
“The team from Cambodia is chosen slightly differently but, for me, that’s not a problem,” the Brazilian said at Friday morning’s pre-match press conference, in reference to them only qualifying last weekend.
“We have good players, we’re the number one team in the Cambodian League and I think we can win.”
“Of course, every game is different and we haven’t had much time to prepare for Saturday’s match because the Cambodian League season hasn’t finished yet, and we’ve been playing many games.”
“But I know we’ll do our best and hopefully we can return home with a good result.”
Given the pedigree he comes with, Boeung Ket will have every chance of success if Maycon fires on all cylinders.
The 31-year-old was the top scorer in the Belarusian Premier League back in 2009 when he netted 15 goals for FC Gomel, and also won the Polish Cup with Jagiellonia Bialystok in 2010.
Despite coming up against strong Vietnamese opposition, Boeung Ket will also have to acclimatise to the cooler conditions of Hanoi, with temperatures potentially dropping to 17 degrees Celsius on Saturday evening.
Nonetheless, Boeung Ket coach Hao Socheat revealed that the weather will not be his biggest concern ahead of the tie.
“The weather in Hanoi will cost a bit of a problem but not much,” he explained.
“The big difference from a couple of years ago is that the team is less prepared, because we were only just confirmed as the participants from Cambodia.
“So, there’s been no real time for preparation and we don’t really know much about [Sanna Khanh Hoa] as they are new to this competition.
“Also, our squad now compared to 2015 is a bit different; if you were to ask me, I think we were stronger in 2015.
“But we are top of the Cambodian League and we still have some good players, including three in the national team.”
“So now, we will just focus on preparing for the game.”
Following Saturday’s game, the two teams will meet again in Wednesday’s return encounter at the Phnom Penh Stadium, with the winner set to meet Lao Toyota FC in the semi-finals.