The Cambodian Football Federation has announced an impromptu friendly international for the Under 19s, who will face their Indonesian counterparts at the Chandrabhaga Stadium in Bekasi City in West Java, Indonesia, this evening.
Um Sereirath, speaking ahead of the team’s departure for Indonesia on Monday, said the match would be good preparation ahead of their impending AFC Cup group stage match against Vietnam next week.
“Looking at the level of Indonesia and Vietnam we can see some similarly. So if Cambodia play well against Indonesia, I think we can pull off a good result against Vietnam next weekend,” said the National Ministry Defence goalkeeper.
“But in the official game against Vietnam, I expect them to be in form. Indonesia is just a friendly match, but it will help with our confidence if we can get a result,” he added.
Head coach Leonardo Vitorino said he had hoped for better preparation.
“We’ve only had two days for training and only a few days to recover before Vietnam. The timing isn’t ideal,” he said.
“I believe the players will give their best in the games because they know how important it is to win.”
Cambodian fans will be pleased to learn Indonesia have left out national team captain Boaz Solossa from their squad.
Two youngsters, Awan Setho Raharjo and Ilham Udin Armaiyn, get their maiden call-ups after showing impressive performances for domestic club side Bhayangkara FC.
Indonesia’s senior side previously scored a 2-0 victory over Cambodia in a friendly match in Phnom Penh in August.