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Cambodia in Singapore Suzuki Cup Warmup

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The Cambodian national team’s latest task will see head coach Lee Tae-hoon’s side welcome Asean rivals Singapore to Phnom Penh’s National Olympic Stadium this evening for the first of two friendly internationals they are set to contest in the upcoming weeks.
 
In their most-recent encounters, Singapore secured 4-0 and 2-1 victories over Cambodia in last year’s 2018 AFC Russia World Cup qualifying second-round group stage, in which Cambodia finished rock bottom. Cambodia’s solitary goal in their eight matches in the group stage came from the boot of Sos Suhana in that second 2-1 loss away to Singapore.
 
In their most recent competitive outings, Cambodia saw off the threat of Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) in their 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification playoff round over two legs. The 4–2 aggregate win advanced the Kingdom to the Asian Cup qualifying third round to be played next year.
 
Meanwhile, Singapore largely came up second best in their recent tour of Japan – not least a 3-2 defeat to a university team that made them the subject of much ridicule on the Football Association of Singapore’s Facebook page.
 
The Football Federation of Cambodia hopes the friendlies will help build up match practice ahead of their October 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup qualification bid.  To secure a berth in the imminent 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup, Cambodia need to progress from October’s AFF Suzuki Cup Championship qualification against Laos, Brunei and Timor-Leste. However, Cambodia will have home advantage as they will host the four-nation mini-tournament.
 
The winners will go on to join Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, newly reinstated Indonesia, competition co-hosts Myanmar and the Philippines in the tournament proper in November.

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