Esoh Omogba on facing his former club Boeung Ket: There will be no friends on the pitch

Esoh Omogba will have no sentiment for his former club this Sunday, when Nagaworld face Boeung Ket in the Super Sunday, but insists that he still has a huge respect for Boeung Ket, where he started his football career in Cambodia several years ago.

The Nigerian attacking midfielder, who joined Nagaworld from Boeung Ket this season after he won the league title twice with them in 2016 and 2017, targets nothing less than three points from his former club as he looks to help Nagaworld defend their league title.

Meas Channa’s side are in a brilliant run of form through seven consecutive league wins in a row that sees them top the Metfone Cambodian League table, followed by Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng that are one point behind them.

Esoh Omogba told TheMorning: “It’s going to be a strange feeling, but lovely too. I see them as my friends Julius, Gbenga and most Khmer players there, and it will be nice as well to see the staff and coaching crew and the management team also.

“But then there will be a game to play and a battle to fight. As you see, sometimes I am calm and relaxed, but when l play in the field, I am a different person and here now to play for Nagaworld.

“I know what our target is, and the focus must be on it. When I am in the field, there will be no friends – just focus on the game, so this is who l am as a player.

“I have maximum respect for Boeung Ket because they are the team that give me the opportunity to play football in Cambodia. I respect them, but you know in football life must go on.

“As a professional player, facing your former team is something hard to go along, but is still a good step as we need to be ready and focus as you already know.

“Boeung Ket is a strong team any time, so you can’t look at the present form as they are the team that can do wonders, so it will be nice to meet them this weekend and all the fans as well.

“Well, in football you win and lose, so after you lose, you want to be back to work hard and come up with something positive, which we did after the AFC Cup, so now we need to focus on the league again and work hard every day to be in a good shape. With the right mentality and concentration, we can win, so hopefully this weekend all my teammates can put in that positive spirit as well.”

Photo courtesy of Cambodian National Competitions Committee