An under-strength Boeung Ket face Lao Toyota away in Vientiane this evening in the second leg of their 2018 AFC Cup qualifier.
The defending Cambodian League champions have cause to be frustrated after it was revealed they would be forced to play without key attacking midfielder Esoh Paul Omogba.
Be Makara, the club manager, said the Nigerian was unable to travel, citing passport issues.
At yesterday’s press conference in Laos, Boeung Ket interim coach Keo Kosal said his team was, despite the lack of Omogba, ready for the challenge.
“We are excited because we have the opportunity to play in this tournament. The AFC Cup is a big competition which means a lot regionally.
“I think will be tension for the game because although we played well in our previous games, the results did not necessarily go our way. Now we know it’s not only good enough to play hard – we have to go out there and win,” said the Cambodian coach.
Despite being 3-1 down with 10 minutes remaining, the Laos pulled off a fine comeback in the first leg in Phnom Penh earlier this week.
Brazilian Maycon Calijuri had put Boeung Ket ahead early on before Laos’ Kazuo Homma drew the visitors level. However, Maycon notched a second before Khuon Laboravy got a third for the hosts to hand Boeung Ket a valuable two-goal advantage and with just over 10 minutes remaining on the clock it looked as though Boeung Ket would hold on.
However, midfielder enforcer Frederic Pooda pulled a goal back in the 79th minute for the Laos before Kazuo spectacularly headed in the equaliser three minutes from time.Tonight’s tie will be played at Vientiane’s KM16 National Stadium and will kick off at 6pm.