Keo Soksela on the tie with Bahrain and pride to play in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers

មាស សុផាណារ៉ុង September 9, 2019


Phnom Penh: Cambodia play their second Group C match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers second round as they entertain Bahrain at the National Olympic Stadium tomorrow, with Cambodia goalkeeper Keo Soksela describing this opportunity as a great honour for him to be a part of Cambodia to compete in the biggest football tournament.

Keo Soksela, who helped Cambodia down Pakistan 4-1 on aggregate in the first round of the tournament, started in Cambodia’s thrilling 1-1 draw with Hong Kong last Thursday.

Felix Dalmas’s side produced a stunning performance against Hong Kong, who were thought to be a better side. Keo Soksela admitted that Bahrain are a much stronger team, though the KoupreyBlues will not sit back and defend as they aim to keep the ball possession as much as possible.

Keo Soksela told “We are ready for the tie with Bahrain. They are a strong team, but we will do everything to get points from this tough game.

“I have learned from my mistakes. I try to discover my weaknesses and improve them. I need to improve day by day, and the coach has always been there to motivate and encourage me.

“We don’t change our target, and it’s like what we did during the game with Hong Kong. We know they [Bahrain] are a great team, but we won’t change the way we play. We have our own way to play.

“We are aware of their strength and their pace, so they will put pressure on us, of course. However, we still continue to play our football.

“It’s my first appearance in this tournament, so I’m really proud of this opportunity. I’m really happy to help the team reach the second round [FIFA World Cup qualifiers] and receive a chance to start [against Hong Kong].

“I’m proud of myself and the whole team for what we have done.”

After the opening match of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers second round, Cambodia top the Group C table, with Bahrain sitting in the second place, followed by Hong Kong and Iraq in third and fourth respectively, while Iran take on Hong Kong in their first Group C match tomorrow.


By: Sophak Huy