25 March 2013

Young Cambodia hopes to learn from Challenge Cup qualifiers campaign

7-0 loss to Turkmenistan. 8-0 defeat to the Philippines.

The Cambodia national men’s football team failed to put up a good fight in the 2014 Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup qualifiers, yielding two huge losses to end its hopes of qualifying to the next round.

But Cambodia coach Prak Sovannara isn’t bothered by those blowouts.

“15 goals. It’s okay for us,” Sovannara said.

Cambodia almost did not join the tournament after backing out months before the qualifiers. But Sovannara realized that his young team, composed mostly of the country’s Under-23 squad players, could gain its much-needed experience in the competition as it prepares for the Southeast Asian Games later this year.

“We already withdrew but we tried to attend again,” Sovannara said.

Sovannara added that he was glad to play against the teams in the competition, especially versus the “European” Azkals side.

“The most important thing is we played against a European team,” Sovannara said. “I hope that the Philippines can go to the finals.”

Despite a forgettable tournament, Sovannara hopes that the experience could help them become a better team in the future.

“I think from this year, we will have very good players,” Sovannara said.



  1. Personally, I salute the CAMBODIAN Football Team...because they show to us their fighting spirit and show to the whole world of being a sportsmanship attitude, I saw their willingness to at least a 1 goal and they kept trying to do their best...specially the Cambodian Goalkeeper., even though we saw it that he felt the pains but still he keep on trying to depend but unfortunately....its not the best for them for this years AFC Challenge Cup.,

    But, our big CONGRATULATIONS to the PHILIPPINE AZKALS " European Team " daw...just because all of them had Filipino blood and that is the fact , we are very lucky to have those "FIL-FOR" So, keep believing and supporting them...as we all knew WE ARE ONE GOAL, ONE NATION and ONE FLAG..

    Pahabol: Now is the right time to decide the concerned officials to build our FIFA standard AZKALS FOOTBALL STADIUM....para naman di nakakahiya.....isipin mo AFC CHALLENGE CUP 2014...pa lang yan....


  2. Covered stadium dapat kung may plano sila para maraming fans ang manonood..

  3. Well hopefully, ipagamit ng INC yun Stadium na ginagawa nila right next to the Philippine Arena.