Coach Valakone Phomphakdy had Laos’ rigorous set piece training to thank for his side’s 2-1 win over Sri Lanka in their AFC Solidarity Cup Malaysia 2016 campaign opener on Thursday.
The game finished goalless at the end of the first half which saw the Laotians awarded five corner kicks within the short space of three minutes and despite failing to convert, they managed to open the scoring on 57 minutes through a Moukda Souksavath header following a corner.
“We took an exceptional number of corner kicks today, which created many chances, but we failed to convert most of them. But we had been training and preparing hard for set pieces and I guess our training paid off as we converted one of them into our first goal.
“We are very happy with the win in our first match. We didn’t have enough preparations for the tournament, but we did it and got our three points.
“I attribute this win to our teamwork, our togetherness. We played as a team and this had been ingrained from our first day of training.”