Cambodia’s 2019 Asian Cup qualifier campaign came to an abrupt end as they fell 2-1 to Afghanistan to wrap up their participation in group C and the squad now look ahead to an impending youth competition in Brunei.
Afghanistan’s Mustafa Azadzoy hit the match opener in the 26th minute on Tuesday, unlocking the Cambodian defence to rifle home the first. The hosts then doubled their tally before the break – Jabar Sharza finishing smartly with a left-footed effort.
Khoun Laboravy was on target for a consolation guiding home a Prak Mony Udom corner but it was ultimately not enough as Cambodia, with three points, ended rock bottom of the four-team group.
Cambodia’s 45-year-old coach Prak Sovannara will next lead Cambodia in their impending tournament date in Brunei for the Sixth Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy U21 football competition. The championship is organised by the Football Association of Brunei Darussalam and the Asean Football Federation. All member nations are expected to field teams.
Sovannara’s Cambodia are drawn in Group B alongside Singapore and Laos. Group A consists of Thailand, Myanmar, Timor-Leste, and hosts Brunei.