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Cambodia face Kien Giang

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National Defence Ministry’s Soeung Chan Vanno (left) has received his first national team call up for today’s 4pm friendly against Vietnamese club Kien Giang FC. Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun

National Defence Ministry’s Soeung Chan Vanno (left) has received his first national team call up for today’s 4pm friendly against Vietnamese club Kien Giang FC. Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun

Cambodia’s national team will play their final friendly tune-up today at Olympic Stadium against Vietnamese first division club Kien Giang FC. Entrance is free for the game which kicks off at 4pm.

Cambodia are set to host Laos in the first leg of their 2014 World Cup qualifier next Wednesday, with the second leg playing in Vientiane on July 3.

In their first warm-up fixture, Cambodia beat the Malaysia U23 Olympic side 1-0, with Phnom Penh Crown striker Kouch Sokumpheak scoring the solitary winner.

Kien Giang FC, based in the provincial of the same name, are currently placed third in the Vietnamese First Division, the country’s second tier under the V-League. They recently lost 1-0 to second placed Binh Dinh FC.

Cambodia’s assistant coach Ieng Saknida told the Post that there are only two changes to the 25-strong squad that lined up against the Malaysians. Sou Yaty keeps his place in goal ahead of his National Defence Ministry teammate Oum Vichet, who is still out injured. Another Army colleague Soeung Chan Vanno, former midfielder of non-league outfit Flying Bikes, replaces injured defender Thong Udom, who also plays for National Defence.

Ieng Saknida added that all players had been selected from a pool of 30 first team choices made by head coach Lee Tae Hoon of South Korea.

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