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Cambodia face Bahrain in World Cup qualifier

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Cambodia’s Kouch Sokumpheak and Hong Kong’s Daniel Cancela Rodriguez vie for the ball during the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying match at Olympic Stadium on Thursday. TANG CHHIN Sothy/afp

Cambodia face Bahrain in World Cup qualifier

The Angkor Warriors will face off against Bahrain at 6:30pm on Tuesday in the second round of the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers at Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium.

Last week, Cambodia had a defensive showdown against 139th ranked Hong Kong that ended in a 1-1 draw.

This has boosted the confidence of the team as they head into their match this week.

Bahrain are ranked 109th in the Fifa world rankings, while Cambodia sit at No170.

With this sturdy lead in the rankings, Bahrain are favoured to win.

They are led by manager Helio Sousa of Portugal, who played in central midfield for the team prior to becoming a well-known coach.

Bahrain’s leader on the field is Ismail Abdul-Latif, who has been a senior member of the team since 2005 and led them to two consecutive World Cup playoffs.

The team have had their ebbs and flows – Bahrain’s highest ranking of 44th came after they won Fifa’s Most Improved Team in 2004.

Bahrain also drew their first qualifier, 1-1 against Iraq.

Cambodia are steered into battle by Japanese manager Keisuke Honda and his Argentinian assistant Felix Dalmas.

Fielding one of Fifa’s youngest teams, with 13 players in the squad under 21 years of age, on Tuesday the Angkor Warriors will face a much older side, with Bahrain having only two players under the age of 21.

Although the odds favour Bahrain, the Warriors are confident in their ability to shock the world.

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