After a sensational semi-final victory over Myanmar, Cambodia will take on Timor Leste in the final of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy Youth Championships in Brunei tomorrow evening.
In Wednesday’s semi-final, Cambodia produced a remarkable performance to dump out defending champions Myanmar with a 2-1 victory. In the other semi-final, fellow minnows Timor Leste got the better of Singapore by the same scoreline.
Despite the absence of inspirational Mat Noron who sat out through injury, a first-half brace from Narong Kakada was tempered by an own goal from defender Soeuy Visal in the 40th minute. But coach Prak Sovannara made sure his young players battened down the hatches to see out a famous win and a first finals appearance for the young Koupreys.
Meanwhile, at the AFF Under-16 Girls’ Championship in Palembang, Indonesia, Laos edged their Cambodian counterparts 3-1.
At the Athletic Jaka Baring 1, Laos fought back from a goal down as early as the fourth minute when Cambodian Rak Smey fired in the opener with just four minutes on the clock.
However, Inthida Khounsy picked up a through pass in the 43rd to to equalise before grabbing her second after the break. A solo effort from Pe Pe just two minutes later secured all three points for Laos.
Cambodian head coach Meas Sam Oeurn said his side would need to improve: “We are two levels below Laos. At least half of our players are Under-14 and we did not have a lot of time to prepare the team.”
“I thought that we were quite lucky today,” said Laos head coach Phonethip Sengany. “I am proud that could they could score in the second half. I hope that they will bring it to the next match.”