Cambodian head coach Felix Augustin Dalmas said his team needed to perform better than in their last outing if they expected to get anything out of tonight’s AFF Suzuki Cup group A matchup against Myanmar.
In Thursday’s opening group match, Cambodia disappointed falling to a slender 1-0 defeat to Malaysia at Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium. Striker Reung Bunheing was marked out on social media for much criticism after squandering a number of gilt-edged chances. Dalmas conceded Cambodia needed to improve their finishing in front of goal.
“We had some chances and we are working on how to get better and finishing chances, he said at yesterday’s press conference. “But creating chances is always very important.”
“We always come to games doing our best and hoping for the best. So we hope the result will be an outcome of our performance. Myanmar is a team we respect but we hope the outcome will be good for us.”
“I’ve been very surprised by the passion for the game. Because of that passion, and love for the game. Our job is to bring the type of game to reflect that passion.”
Cambodia face Myanmar knowing a win will be important if they are to keep pace with Group giants Vietnam and Malaysia.
Tonight’s match will be played at the 30,000 Mandalarthiri Stadium in Mandalay.
In Thursday’s opener, Cambodia disappointed falling to a slender 1-0 defeat to Malaysia in yesterday evening’s opening AFF Suzuki Cup match at Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium.
Cambodian coach Felix Gonzalez Dalmas had surprised fans with a first-team lineup lacking a number of regulars. Left on the bench were Malaysia-based midfielder Thierry Chantha Bin and fleet-footed Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng winger Prak Mony Oudom.
The only goal of the game came via the head of Malaysian forward Norsharul Idlan Talaha who scored a pinpoint header from a Mohamad Zaquan Radzak cross midway through the first half. Cambodia’s inability to convert their many second-half chances meant Malaysia took the win and all three points leaving Dalmas ruing his luck.
The biennial AFF Suzuki Cup is among the key regional football tournaments in ASEAN. The 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup was the most watched sports programme of the year in Indonesia and Thailand, with cumulative viewership figures of 35 million and 40 million respectively, eclipsing the ratings enjoyed by global sporting events like the UEFA EURO 2016.