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Than Quang Ninh down Svay Rieng to pick up first victory of AFC Cup 2020



Than Quang Ninh finally recorded their first win in AFC Cup 2020 as they brushed aside Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng with a 4-1 triumph at the Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium on Wednesday.

The visitors were aided in taking the lead in the 36th minute when Svay Rieng captain Soeuy Visal, under no pressure at all, dallied in possession outside his own area before giving away possession.

Highlights – Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng FC vs Than Quang Ninh

Pouncing on the loose ball, Mac Hong Quan fed a pass to Nguyen Hai Huy, who was allowed to force his way past two lame challenges from Jonny Campbell and Sareth Krya too easily before firing a shot into the bottom corner.

Right before halftime, Svay Rieng did equalise and this time it was Quang Ninh who perhaps could have done better with their defending.

Quang Ninh celebrate Hai Huy’s opener.

Having barged off Duong Thanh Hao to chest down Visay’s long pass 35 yards from goal, Befolo Mbarga then embarked on an industrious charge towards goal and effortlessly glided through Duong Van Khoa and Neven Lastro before rounding Huynh Tuan Linh to slot into an unguarded goal.

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Nonetheless, the Vietnamese outfit reclaimed the lead three minutes before the hour mark when Quach Tan Giang Tran floated a looping cross to the back post, and Lastro towered the highest from a sea of players to power a header home.

Lastro climbs high to restore Quang Ninh’s lead.

Quang Ninh further consolidated their advantage in the 77th minute with a classic route-one effort as goalkeeper Tuan Linh’s clearance sailed all the way down the left wing and Tan Giang Tran intelligently flicked the ball over a defender into the back of Jeremie Lynch, who showed plenty of expertise to bring the ball under control and guide a shot into the back of the net.

And, just for good measure, Quang Ninh sealed the rout with a fourth with four minutes left on the clock; Nghiem Xuan Tu leading a break forward and playing a slide-rule pass to take out the entire opposition backline and pave the way for Dao Nhat Minh to run through and slot past Outdom.

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The result actually lifts Quang Ninh off the bottom of Group G and into second place ahead of both Svay Rieng and Bali United, who fell to a heavy 4-0 defeat to Ceres-Negros later on Wednesday evening.

PREAH KHAN REACH SVAY RIENG: Oum Outdom, Sareth Krya, Jonny Campbell, Soeuy Visal, Sok Samnang (Nub Tola 81’), Nen Sothearoth (Samoeun Pidor 58’), Suon Sovann (Ros Kungsomrach 74’), Thiago Santos, Daisuke Kobayashi, Hoy Phallin, Befolo Mbarga.

THAN QUANG NINH: Huynh Tuan Linh, Nguyen Xuan Hung, Neven Lastro, Duong Thanh Hao, Duong Van Khoa, Dao Nhat Minh (Nguyen Hai Long 88’), Nghiem Xuan Tu, Mac Hong Quan (Pham Nguyen Sa 46’), Nguyen Hai Huy, Quach Tan Giang Tran (Nguyen Huu Khoi 78’), Jeremie Lynch.

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UAE’s Ajman Club Signs Cameroonian Striker In Their U-19 Team

Ajman Football Club base in Ajman in the United Arab Emirates, UAE, have boosted their striking options with the signing of Cameroon striker, Lavissa Kiven in their U-19 team.



Before joining Ajman U-19 Football Club, Lavissa Kiven was at F. Frank Football Academy based in Yaounde.
Speaking to the press, the young striker said, his ambition is work hard to be among the best strikers in the world. According to him, “the only way to succeed is to remain discipline and work hard towards achieving the best.”
According to information obtained from the club, the 19-year-old Lavissa had progressed to play up to four matches with the U-21 side in the same club. Before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic that led to the suspension of the football season, the young striker was already training with the senior team.

In 14 games so far played in UAE, the attacker who also plays as left and right-winger has scored eight goals already.

Lavissa Kiven joins Cameroon International, Sébastien Clovis Siani who signed for the senior team recently. Sebastien Siani was formerly at Al-Jazira FC, a local rival club in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Only four African Africans are in the senior team.

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Cambodia suspend all football tournaments across country to combat COVID-19



Cambodia has become the latest country in Southeast Asia to suspend all footballing activities including the 2020 Cambodian League season due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Several countries from ASEAN including Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines have suspended their domestic leagues in order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus while countries like Singapore and Myanmar had decided to play behind closed doors.

Cambodia were the only country to have their domestic league running in full steam in the midst of the global pandemic, but they have now decided to suspend all tournaments until further notice.

“The Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC) inform the public that in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the FFC have decided to postpone the 14th Hun Sen Cup, Metfone Cambodian League 2020 and the U-16 National Championship, U-18 National Championship and the delay of the 2020 General Assembly of the Football Federation of Cambodia until further notice,” the FFC said.

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The 2020 season of the Cambodian League has already completed five rounds of matches with Phnom Penh Crown FC leading the table with 13 points. Defending champions Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng FC also have the same number of points, but are second on goal difference.

The Hun Sen Cup, meanwhile, is the country’s domestic cup competition that is split into two stages. The provincial stage featuring clubs from the lower division was held in February, but the national stage during which the top division clubs were to join the competition now stands suspended.

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Former Myanmar national team captain Yan Aung Kyaw to retire at the end of 2020 season



Yangon United and Myanmar veteran midfielder Yan Aung Kyaw has announced that he will retire from professional football the end of the 2020 season. 

A former captain of the Myanmar national team, Aung Kyaw made his debut for the Asian Lions in 2011 and has won over 60 international caps for the Southeast Asian nation during his career.

He also won a bronze medal for Myanmar at the 2011 Southeast Asian Games while also winning five domestic league titles and three General Aung San Shields with Yangon, the club he has represented since its formation in 2009 along with the Myanmar National League (MNL).

“I previously spoke about my future and mentioned that I will not play for another MNL club against my team Yangon United and another reason is my age. Although I could play one or two more years, I don’t want to play for another club after my contract with Yangon ends in December,” he told Myanmar Times.

Aung Kyaw also hinted that he will move into coaching after retirement and that Yangon United has offered him the opportunity to work at the club.

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“I want to thank to my team president and all the team’s staff including my teammates. They supported me very well and the team has been very good to me. Of course the fans have also always been supportive,” Aung Kyaw added.

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