Cambodia’s Under -21’s national football team touched down in Phnom Penh yesterday evening, returning from their fine run to the final of the recently concluded regional Hassanal Bolkiah Youth Championship’s in Brunei.
The young Kouprey’s went down to Timor-Leste by a single goal early in the second half of Sunday’s final.
During an even first half, Cambodian defender Chheng Meng received a red card for lashing out at his opponent. Cambodia faced the remainder of the game with just 10 men and their opponents sensing their chance made sure to pile players forward and catch Cambodia’s defence napping.
The game’s only goal came in the 51st minute via the right boot of Henrique Wilson da Cruz. Receiving the ball on the edge of the box, a burst of pace from the tall forward saw him evade the challenge of the Cambodian centre-backs and expertly tap the ball home beyond opposition keeper Keo Soksela for the match winner.
Meanwhile, Cambodia’s Under-16 national girls squad finished their bid for the AFF U-16 Girls’ Championship in Indonesia yesterday.
Cambodia were in Group B alongside Thailand, Laos and Indonesia. Over their three group games, they lost 3-0 to Laos, suffered a 2-0 loss to Indonesia and a final 4-0 defeat to Thailand. Finishing bottom of the group, they were duly eliminated.