Five things you should know ahead of Cambodia’s FIFA World Cup qualifiers tie with Hong Kong
មាស សុផាណារ៉ុង September 5, 2019
Phnom Penh៖ Cambodia take on Hong Kong at home this evening in their Group C opening match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers second round, with thousands of Cambodia’s local supporters expected to turn up at the National Olympic Stadium to show their support to the team.
The KoupreyBlues produced a stunning performance to beat Pakistan on home and away matches as they secured a 4-1 aggregate win over their first round opponents to reach the second round of the tournament, where they are grouped alongside Hong Kong, Bahrain, Iran, and Iraq.
Here are five things you should know ahead of Cambodia’s Group C opener against Hong Kong:
Cambodia’s poor record against Hong Kong
According to the match record from the Football Federation of Cambodia, Cambodia were beaten five times in their last five encounters with Hong Kong. Hong Kong thrashed Cambodia 6-2 in the Merdeka Tournament before securing double wins in the AFC Asian Cup in 1999.
Hong Kong hammered Cambodia 4-1 at home and went on to grab a narrow 1-0 victory in Phnom Penh.
Seventeen years later, Hong Kong could still display their dominance on Cambodia as they defeated Cambodia twice in the international friendly matches.
Hong Kong ran out 4-2 winners against Cambodia before beating them 2-0 in Phnom Penh, where both sides will face against in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers second round.
Cambodia urged to target points from Hong Kong
Conor Nestor believed Cambodia could get four points from Group C of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers second round campaign as the Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng coach urged Cambodia to target a victory over Hong Kong at home and a draw in an away encounter.
Conor Nestor told camsports.org: “I think that they [Cambodia] can get 1 win and 1 draw in the group and that would be a progress. They must target Hong Kong home and away. It won’t be easy as Hong Kong won 4 games the last time they played at this level for the World Cup in 2018.
“When you look at the fact, most of their players play in the Hong Kong league, and they must attack this game with belief and confidence.”
Cambodia without several key players
Cambodia take on Hong Kong without three key players due to injuries and exclusion from the squad by Felix Dalmas.
The Cambodia coach made a shock decision to leave out Cambodia hotshot Chan Vathanaka, who was also dropped during Cambodia’s FIFA World Cup qualifiers first round victories over Pakistan (4-1 win on aggregate).
Cambodia midfield duo Prak Monyudom and Bin Chantha Thierry were not included in their national team squad either due to injury. Prak Monyudom sustained an ankle injury during Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng’s 5-0 win over Kampong Cham in the Cambodian League last month and could return to action in the next few weeks.
Bin Chantha Thierry returned to training with Terengganu this Monday after he picked up an injury in July, but he is not fit on time for Cambodia’s opening Group C tie with Hong Kong.
Cambodia’s new rising stars
Dav Nim and Seang Chanthea are set to shine as Cambodia are without the service of striker Chan Vathanaka, who has scored several international goals for Cambodia.
Dav Nim has established himself as one of the Cambodian League fans’ favourites with his pace, energy, and commitment. The Kirivong Sok Sen Chey striker has scored thirteen league goals for the Takeo side in his first season in Cambodia’s top flight.
Seang Chanthea, who could be Cambodia’s future top striker, has received much attention from Cambodia’s local fans with his great goal scoring skills. The youngster scored one goal and provided one assist during Cambodia’s 4-1 aggregate win over Pakistan.
The 16-year-old striker, who is the target of several big clubs in Cambodian League, made a huge impact in Cambodia’s historic wins over Thailand and Vietnam in the recent AFF U18 Championship in Vietnam.
How to follow the match
This evening’s clash between Cambodia and Hong Kong will be broadcast live through Cambodia’s local TVs such as Bayon TV, BTV News, and ETV.
By: Sophak Huy