Expectations are running super high amongst the die-hard football fans in Cambodia on the eve of the their national team’s last AFF Qualifying Round match against Timor Leste at the National Olympic Stadium tonight.
Cambodia, after winning their first two matches against Laos and Brunei, only need a draw against winless Timor Leste tomorrow evening to firm their place in the next stage. They have it somewhat easy as both Laos and Brunei have three points each.
While the hosts appear to have an easy route forward, Cambodia’s coach Lee Tae Hoon has warned that the last game is as crucial as the first tie against Laos.
“We cannot afford to lose to Timor. If we lose, and Laos wins against Brunei with many goals, it will be difficult. So we will must give our best,” vowed Tae Hoon.
“We performed well so far but there was always some tension we started our matches. If the players want to improve, they must be able to overcome this.”
On paper, Cambodia are looking good to seal the last berth. They performed well against Laos in the opener and again against Brunei. Unless the team falls apart, and Timor Leste raises their game, Cambodia will almost surely go through.