FOX Sports Asia brings you a weekly watch on what Cambodia’s Chan Vathanaka, Keo Sokpheng and Myanmar duo Kyaw Ko Ko and Aung Thu are up to in Malaysia and Thailand.
Aung Thu – Myanmar and Police Tero
The 21-year-old speedster left opposing defender Kiatisak Jia-udom for dead, following fellow Silver Shields Dragon teammate Marcos Vinicius’ through pass, to plant a clinical finish past the keeper. It is the second time that Aung Thu has struck in the Thai League.
The Myanmar international striker has his club to thank, especially since Aung Thu had extra shooting practice this week conducting Police Tero’s kids football clinic!
With their first win of the season out of the way, Police Tero and Aung Thu will be hoping to keep the momentum going as 15th-placed Chonburi visits this Sunday. Who’s up for another Aung Thu’s football clinic this week?
Kyaw Ko Ko – Myanmar and Chiangrai United
For the second game running, Chiangrai United’s Kyaw Ko Ko came off the bench to gain more valuable minutes on the pitch as he pushes for a starting spot under coach Alexandre Gama.
The Beetles number 37, who came on in the 83th minute for two-goal hero Bajram Nebihi, was constantly locking horns with opposing defenders, but could not add to the 2-0 win over Ratchaburi Mitr Phol. The weekend win ended a three-match winless streak for Chiangrai and Ko Ko.
The Chiang Rai-based club moves up to eighth and travels to face Suphanburi this coming Saturday.
Keo Sokpheng – Cambodia and PKNP FC
A homesick Keo Sokpheng, who was celebrating his mum’s birthday last week, would have been heartbroken that he could not scored a goal to commemorate the occasion!
After a two-week break, the Myanmar international striker was called into action by PKNP against Melaka United last Sunday but was unable to stop them from sufferring a 0-2 loss.
The 26-year-old striker, who entered the match in the 69th minute for Yeon Ki-Sung, could not find a reply to Yegor Zubovich’s brace which won it for the Mousedeers.
PKNP are 10th after suffering their third loss in five games, and face Kuantan FA in FA Cup action this Friday! Maybe Sokpheng will produce a belated-birthday goal for his mummy dearest?
Chan Vathanaka – Cambodia and Pahang FA
Explosive forward Chan Vathanaka got back onto the pitch for Pahang as they hit Negeri Sembilan for four goals last Saturday.
The Cambodian playmaker, who lasted 72 minutes before making way for Norshahrul Idlan, was responsible for the corner kick that allowed Brazilian striker Patrick Cruz to open the floodgates with a 27th minute header. Cruz added a second, and two more Francis Forkey Doe goals condemned the Jangs to certain defeat.
CV11, already a fan favourite among the Pahang faithful, was quick to thank his Cambodian and Malaysian fans with a photo of a pair of adorable babies cladded in Pahang’s colours!
But playtime will be over for the 24-year-old forward this Saturday when Kedah travels to the Darul Makmur Stadium in domestic cup action.