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Cambodia blank Singapore in warm-up

Cambodian fans cheer the national team in Svay Rieng.
Cambodian fans cheer the national team in Svay Rieng. PHOTO SUPPLED

Cambodia blank Singapore in warm-up

The Cambodian national squad scored a confidence-boosting 3-0 win over a Singapore selection side in an international friendly at the Svay Rieng Stadium on Saturday to keep the team spirit high ahead of the March 12 clash with Macau in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier to be played at the Old Stadium in Phnom Penh.

The most valuable player on the pitch by deed against the visiting Lions was Prak Mony Odom, who a couple of weeks ago led Svay Rieng FC to their third Hun Sen Cup triumph.

The hardworking frontliner ticked off a brace with Khuon Laboravy’s 29th minute goal sandwiching Mony Odom’s eighth and 39th minute strikes in a first half of total Cambodian dominance.

The visitors did string together a couple of promising moves in the second session. While a goal eluded them, they were in a way somewhat relieved to arrest the scoreline.

Cambodia’s national coach Lee Tae Hoon was measured in his reaction to his side’s victory, maintaining that the performance kept the team buoyant going into tougher match against Macau while not too much should be read into the scoreline.

The South Korean strategist pointed out that there were certainly some positive aspects that could be beneficial for the team’s preparation’s for the next big game but he warned that some of the chinks that were exposed also had to be fixed.

Singapore coach Richard Bok who’s been entrusted with the task of welding this young squad into a cohesive unit for the Olympic Qualifiers later this month, dwelt on the educational value of this game for his players more than its outcome.

Both coaches used the game to test their bench strengths and the numerous substitutions meant that most of the fringe players got their time on the pitch. While Lee substituted six players in the last 30 minutes of the game, his counterpart sought five replacements in all during the second session.

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