Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cambodia take on Singapore in friendly today



Cambodia take on Singapore in friendly today

Cambodia take on Singapore in friendly today

National team probables hoping to make the cut for the March 12 home fixture against Macau in the first round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers face a stress test in today’s international friendly against a Singapore Selection squad at the Provincial capital Svay Rieng’s main stadium, which recently hosted the Hun Sen Cup.

Coach Lee Tae Hoon, whose second term contractual obligations with the Football Federation of Cambodia, officially ends this June after the SEA Games in Singapore, has reportedly made it clear to the players every one will have to earn their colours by proving their mettle on the pitch.

The South Korean strategist believes it is crucially important for team dynamics before the Macau match.

If some players felt a sense of entitlement they were wrong and each one had to stand up to the performance tests and that was in essence his clear message to his squad as the team takes on the visitors who are also pursuing their own team building agenda

Singapore’s coach Richard Bok, who has four S-League Championships and three RHB Singapore Cup triumphs under his belt, has a stock of young and talented players who needs grooming before the City State heads for next month’s AFC under-23 Championship qualifiers which also doubles up as the Brazil Olympics qualifiers.

“This is a very important game for me and the players. I can get a clear sense of our strengths and weaknesses and work on them for our next big assignment,” three-time coach of the Year award winner Richard Bok said.

“Despite the loss in a friendly to Syria earlier this month, our players showed good fighting spirit and never quite gave up against a technically and physically strong side in that game from which we have learnt a lot,’’ he said.

Some of the key players in the Singapore selection squad are Naiim Ishak, Ammirul Emmran, Nur Ridho, J Dhukilan and Sim Tech Yi from S League team Courts Young Lions and Sufianto Salleh from Home United. Goalkeeper Zharfan Rohaizad represents Lions XII.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom's Covid cluster cases jump to 194

    The Ministry of Health on February 25 confirmed 65 new cases of Covid-19, with 58 linked to the February 20 community transmission. The latest cluster cases include nine Vietnamese nationals, five Cambodians, one each from Korea, Singapore and Japan, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total number

  • Locations shut, dozens more Covid-19 positive

    The Ministry of Health has closed 23 locations in connection with the February 20 community transmission of Covid-19 and summoned for testing anyone who had direct contact with affected people and places. The number of discovered related infections has risen to 76, including 39 women. In a press release,

  • Cambodia's Covid cluster cases rise to 137

    The Ministry of Health on February 24 recorded 40 more cases of Covid-19, with 38 linked to the February 20 community transmission. Of the 40, two are imported cases involving Chinese passengers. The 38 include two Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total cases

  • Covid cluster raises alarm, health bodies urge vigilance

    The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia have expressed great concern over the February 20 cluster transmission of Covid-19 in the community. Both entities appealed for vigilance and cooperation in curbing further spread of the virus. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said

  • AstraZeneca jabs touch down in Phnom Penh airport

    The first shipment of 324,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/SII vaccine which was provided through the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility was delivered to Phnom Penh International Airport on March 2. The rest of the COVAX provided vaccines will arrive in Cambodia at a later date.

  • PM confirms third Covid-19 community transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on February 20 announced the Kingdom's third outbreak of Covid-19 community transmission after 32 people tested positive in just over 10 hours. Addressing the public from his residence after an emergency meeting, Hun Sen said: "I dub it February 20 Community Event, in which 32 cases