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Young footballers bank on comeback against Japan

Ismail Vorajee / Khmer Times Share:
The Cambodia Under-22s have at least two more games to save their tour. Courtesy MFF

Cambodia’s Under-22 national football team will try to shake off the disappointment of their opening-day hammering as they face Japan Universiade in their second match at the ongoing KBZ Bank Cup in Yangon today.

Cambodia were trounced 4-1 by hosts Myanmar, courtesy of strikes from Si Thu Aung, Maung Maung Lwin and a brace from the outstanding Aung Thu. Cherng Polroth was on the scoresheet for the young Koupreys.

In their opener, Japan Universiade scored twice in the first twenty minutes to secure a 2-0 win over the Hong Kong Under-22s.

Cambodia, led by Brazilian coach Leonardo Vitorino, will play their final match in Yangon on Sunday – an afternoon meeting with Hong Kong. Myanmar and Japan Universiade wrap up the competition that evening.

The competition will provide valuable match practice for the Asean sides ahead of the August SEA Games in Malaysia.

Vitorino is expected to lead the under-23s in in Malaysia where he will hope to improve on the Angkor Warriors’ fourth place finish in Group A in the 2015 SEA Games.

Closer to home, and with the Metfone C-League on hiatus for a further month, Phnom Penh Crown are keeping up fitness with a Saturday afternoon friendly clash at RSN Stadium against Kirivong Sok Sen Chey.

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