Cambodia open their campaign for the under-15 AFF Youth Football Championship on Sunday, and the team’s coach said that despite being placed in a tough group he was confident his youngsters would show their quality in Indonesia.
Speaking ahead of the squads departure earlier this month Cambodia’s South Korean coach Lee Tae Hoon said he is optimistic for his team. Tae Hoon said his team had trained in preparation for a tough challenge in Indonesia. “I can’t promise whether we will qualify for the group stage but we will try to do as well as possible,” he said.
“We are in a group with strong teams, so it’s a good place to get experience and step up our level of play,” added the respected tactician.
Cambodia find themselves in Group A alongside Vietnam, New Zealand, Timor-Leste, Myanmar, Philippines, and host Indonesia. Group B consists of Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, and Laos.
The Under-15s recently played out two friendly matches against the Malaysia U-16 national squad and the UITM U-19 team. Cambodia open their competition bid against New Zealand at the Gelora Joko Samudro Stadium in Gresik on Sunday.
They will then meet the Philippines, Timor Leste and Myanmar before a final group game against hosts Indonesia on August 6.
The top two teams from each group will play out semifinals on August 9, with the final scheduled for August 11.
Cambodia’s participation in last years regional championships in Thailand was disappointing.
The youngsters, slumped to a 4-2 defeat by Malaysia in their final group game. Cambodia finished third in group B with two wins and three losses.