Khmer Times/Ismail Vorajee Friday, 19 May 2017 608 views

Warriors' chance for quick revenge

Cambodia’s senior men’s football team will face Myanmar for an international friendly encounter on November 9, on the kingdom’s Independence Day, it has been revealed.
 

When the teams last met Cambodia crashed out at the knockout round of the regional 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup last November courtesy of a 3-1 defeat to the tournament co-hosts.
 

Cambodia’s Brazilian Coach Leonardo Vitorino is expected to call up his players in early June ahead of their June 8 friendly international with Indonesia, and their all-important home debut in the 2019 AFC Cup UAE group qualification stage on June 13, in which they welcome Afghanistan to Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium.
 

It has been a difficult introduction to Cambodia for coach Vitorino, who is yet to claim a first win after two games in charge since taking over from South Korean Lee Tae-hoon in March.  
 

The Angkor Warriors suffered a 3-2 home defeat to India before going down to a 7-0 thumping at the hands of Jordan in their 2019 AFC Cup UAE group qualification opener in March.
 

Vitorino had said the Jordanian hosts had the benefit of greater international experience but was confident Cambodia could improve.
 

• THERE are no C-League fixtures this weekend, due to teams getting a mid-season break.
 

One game does go ahead: a friendly between Nagaworld and Phnom Penh Crown at Crown's RSN Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
 

Both clubs are hoping to maintain match fitness ahead of what is sure to be a punishing second half of the season.
 

The next C-League game will be next Thursday, when Crown play title rivals Boeung Ket in matchday 12 of the C-League at the Olympic Stadium.
 

That match has been brought forward two days at the request of BK, who are representing Cambodia  in the RHB Singapore Cup.
 

They open that tournament against Singaporean outfit Warriors FC the following Monday, May 29.

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