As his team gear up for an all-important crunch match against Pakistan this evening, Cambodia national football team head coach Felix G. Dalmas has urged the kingdom’s fans to focus on the future rather than chase immediate results.
“Like always, we prepared the same way, said the Argentinian during yesterday’s pre-match press conference. “We focus on the road not the result. We know we are facing a tough opponent but we will try to make the people of Cambodia happy.”
Cambodia will meet Pakistan at the Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium in the Qatari capital of Doha knowing that they have one foot in the next round of the FIFA Qatar 2022 & AFC 2023 preliminary qualifiers.
Conditions are expected to be vastly different from last Thursday’s match where under heavy rain at Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium, the hosts triumphed 2-0 courtesy of late strikes from Sieng Chanthea and Kouch Sokumpheak.
Cambodia’s has the backing of Prime Minister Hun Sen after their victorious showing in the opener.
Reacting after Cambodia’s win, the PM said he hoped the Angkor Warriors would prevail in tonight’s second leg.
“Congratulations to the Cambodian national football team who got the victory in the match with Pakistan at the National Stadium in Phnom Penh, reads the post on the PM’s official Facebook page.
“Thank you for all the people who showed their support, especially the [youth] who joined to watch at the stadium. Wish the football selection of Cambodia gets success in the next game,” he added.
Pakistan, however, are confident they can overturn the deficit, especially if they can finish the chances they create. Head coach José Antonio Nogueira lamented the missed chances in the first leg, especially as they came before Cambodia scored their two goals.
Tonight’s match will be played at 7pm local time (11pm Cambodia time) in a city where peak temperatures can reach upwards of 45 Celsius.
The match will be streamed live on: mycujoo.tv