Chan Vathanaka ready to add to Boeung Ket firepower in TMCC 2017

Gabriel Tan Gabriel Tan

Cambodia international Chan Vathanaka is raring to go for Boeung Ket in Wednesday’s Toyota Mekong Club Championship first round clash with Sanna Khanh Hoa at the Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh.

Following his return from loan at Japanese side Fujieda MYFC, Vathanaka has been immediately introduced to the Boeung Ket squad currently competing in the TMCC 2017.

After training with his team-mates on Monday evening, the 23-year-old was sat alongside his coach Hao Socheat at Tuesday’s pre-match press conference.

And, having not tasted much first-team football in the past ten months in Japan, Vathanaka cannot wait to get back out on the field and help his side book their place in the semi-final, after they played out a 4-4 draw in last Saturday’s opening encounter.

“I’ve done the work with the team and the coach so I believe I’m ready,” said Vathanaka.

“The first game was a really competitive affair and we saw lots of goals being scored.

“If anything, our opponents have shown us they can also score a lot and they’ll be trying to get as many goals as possible tomorrow [Wednesday], so we’ll need to maintain full concentration.

“But, I feel prepared and I hope our supporters can all come down and join us to march on together.”

The addition of Vathanaka will increase the potency of a Boeung Ket attack that caused Sanna Khanh Hoa all sorts of problems at the weekend.

Brazilian forward Maycon Calijuri was the star of the show with his clinical hat-trick, but Nigerian Samuel Ajayi also weighed in with two assists and won a penalty, while fellow foreigners Esoh Omogba and Julius Oiboh showed positive signs too.

Nonetheless, Socheat admits he is hoping his forwards do not have to produce such a prolific display again on Wednesday, calling for improvement from his side at the back.

“With the addition of Chan Vathanaka tomorrow, of course, we’ll be stronger in attack,” explained the Boeung Ket tactician.

“But, from what we learned in the first leg, we’ll have to concentrate better with our defending.”

“Even though we have some sort of an advantage with the four goals we scored there, we really want to win this game as it’s really important.”

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