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Cambodia returns to World Cup qualifiers in March

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The Cambodian Senior team will be back in action soon after FIFA released a new schedule for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. KT/Yuen Punlue

Cambodia will be back in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers two months from now.

According to a new schedule released by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Cambodia’s remaining matches in the qualifiers will be played in March.

The World Cup qualifiers will resume after being delayed for nearly a year. The matches were originally scheduled for March 2020, before FIFA moved them to October 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cambodia is in Group C together with Iraq, Iran, Hong Kong and Bahrain.

It has three remaining matches against Iran, Iraq and Bahrain.

The Cambodian Senior team will be up against its counterpart from Bahrain on March 25. FIFA has yet to announce the venue of the match.

The Cambodia versus Iran game will be played at Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium on March 30. The Angkor Warriors’ last match for this round will be against Iraq on June 7. The match will be played in Basra, Iraq’s second largest city.

The Angkor Warriors currently sit at the bottom of the standings with one point to show after five games. Iraq is leading the group with 11 points, followed by Bahrain (nine), Iran (six) and Hong Kong (five).

Cambodia needs to win its remaining matches in order to have a chance of advancing to the third and final round of the qualifiers.

The Tehran Times reported that the Persian Leopards will hold a training camp ahead of the World Cup qualifiers. The camp will start on March 17.

The Iraqi team, meanwhile, will hold a training session in the United Arab Emirates this weekend, according to Republic World.

Cambodia lost to Iran, 14-0, and to Iraq, 4-0, during the first leg of the qualifiers. The Angkor Warriors did better against Bahrain, but still lost, 1-0. Cambodia forced Hong Kong to a 1-1 draw in the first leg, before losing the next game, 2-0.

The eight group winners plus the four best runners will advance to the next round and qualify for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup.


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