PKR's captain & match-winner Sam El Nasa CPL leaders Preah Khan Reach pose before their last gasp 1-nil win over Build Bright
Today's football can be summed up in one word, dire. The two games were the worst I've seen this season so far and so there isn't much to say about them. Cambodian Premier League
leaders Preah Khan Reach won with a last minute penalty, coolly taken by their skipper Sam El Nasa, to triumph 1-nil over 3rd placed Build Bright. Considering they are top and putting some distance between them and the chasing pack, Preah Khan haven't really played well in any of their last half dozen matches, but they keep winning and that's an important yardstick. Nasa was on the bench today and came on to provide more impetus to the PKR push for the decider, especially after his colleague Khoun Laboravy had seen his earlier penalty saved by BBU's Chea Zena. The substitution worked a treat and the national team regular saved the day, not for the first time this season. In the opening game of another hothouse afternoon, Spark beat Post Tel 2-o but the match was largely forgettable. The Spark goals came from centre half Olajide Olawaseun with a header, and a penalty from the CPL's leading scorer Justine Prince, who had been surprisingly left on the bench for the first half. The mid-season transfer window is approaching when teams can take on fresh talent to bolster their CPL chances. However, there's some disquiet on the grapevine with some clubs not paying wages and others not fulfilling players' contracts. Sounds like there's trouble brewing if its not resolved very soon.
The toss up by the referee between BBU skipper Sothearath (white) and PKR's Ouk Mic The CPL's leading marksman Justine Prince of Spark FC, now with 8 goals this season Spark centre-half Olajide Olawaseun scored for the 2nd week running The turgid fare offered up in both games today won't help in filling the empty Olympic Stadium, pictured before the start of the Spark v Post Tel game
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