Chan Vathanaka in line for Boeung Ket return

Gabriel Tan Gabriel Tan

Cambodia star Chan Vathanaka is set to make a sensational return to Boeung Ket starting XI just ten months after his dream loan move to Japan’s Fujieda MYFC.

Vathanaka, widely regarded as Cambodia’s brightest talent, made headlines at the start of this year when he became the first footballer from his country to earn a move to the J.League after signing for third-tier Fujieda.

However, his time in Japan has not gone as expected and – when he finally made his league debut for the club in October – it was for all of five minutes as a late substitute in a 1-1 draw against Sagamihara.

There has been plenty of speculation that Fujieda will not be extending Vathanaka’s stint, but sources close to FOX Sports Asia suggest that Vathanaka could be back playing for the club as soon as this Wednesday.

The 23-year-old forward, renowned for his speed, skill and finishing, has already started training with the Boeung Ket squad and could feature in their Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2017 clash against Sanna Khanh Hoa.

The first round tie is evenly poised following last Saturday’s 4-4 first-leg draw, with both sides set to meet in Wednesday’s return encounter at Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium with a semi-final clash with Lao Toyota up for grabs.

Vathanaka is no stranger to the Toyota Mekong Club Championship having starred in the 2015 edition, scoring five goals in four matches to be named as the tournament’s top scorer and best player as Boeung Ket reached the final before losing narrowly to Thai giants Buriram United.