PHNOM PENH (28 Jan 2011) – Lee Tae Hoon, the chief coach of the Cambodia national team, has announced a list of 24 players that will spearhead the country’s challenge at next month’s AFC Challenge Cup.
The set of players will attend centralised training at the National Football Center ahead of their first 2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualifying game against Macao at the National Olympic Stadium on 9 February.
Other than being involved in centralised training, the players will also be involved at the club-level for the on-going 2011 Samdech Hun Sen Cup.
Vann Ly, the team manager of the Cambodian team, said that history is on their side against their regional opponent.
“Macao have never beaten us, so I believe that we can repeat our good result against this team,” he said.
“On the other hand, the squad is selected by the coach himself, not like the SEA Games side that he inherited when he was recruited.”
According to Vann Ly, the list of players will be trimmed down to 18 players for the Macau fixtures (home and away) with Tae Hoon still reserving the right to change his mind about current squad members as he closely observes upcoming Hun Sen Cup matches.
Seven premier league teams contribute players to the current 24-man national squad – Phnom Penh Crown, Preah Khan Reach, Build Bright United, National Defence Ministry, Naga Corp, Kirivong Sok Sen Chey and newly promoted National Police Commissary.