Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cambodian youngsters hit the ground running in Brunei

Cambodian youngsters hit the ground running in Brunei

Cambodian youngsters hit the ground running in Brunei

The Cambodian U21 team got their 2014 Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy campaign off to a rousing start on Saturday as they battled to a 1-0 victory over reigning champions and hosts Brunei at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Bandar Seri Begawan.

On 15 minutes, Brunei keeper Abdul Hafiz Abdul Rahim opted to try to catch Chan Vathanaka’s strike from distance only to fumble the ball into his own net. It was to prove a decisive mistake, with both sides failing to add any more goals throughout the fiercely contested game.

Just after the hour mark, a substitution by the home side backfired as stopper Abdul Rahim was forced off with injury and Brunei already had their maximum of three over-age players on the pitch.

Thus outfield player Mohamad Hendra Azam Mohamad Idris was sacrificed for reserve keeper Azman Ilham Hj Mohamad Noor, and they played out the remaining time with 10 men. Lee Tae Hoon’s Cambodia team return to the field tonight t 7:15pm Cambodian time to face Singapore, who were beaten 4-0 by Vietnam on Saturday.

MOST VIEWED

  • Temi tourism project approved by the CDC

    The $500.4 million Tourism, Ecological, Marine and International (Temi) tourism project has been approved by the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC), according to a notice on its Facebook page on Monday. The project is part of Chinese-owned Union City Development Group Co Ltd’s (

  • Rainsy will return at ‘favourable time’

    Opposition figure Sam Rainsy on Saturday suggested he would not return to Cambodia as he had previously promised, saying that like liberators King Father Norodom Sihanouk and Charles de Gaulle, he would only do so at a “favourable time”. “I will go back to Cambodia

  • NagaWorld casino sees net profit of more than $390M last year

    Phnom Penh’s NagaWorld casino posted a 53 per cent net profit increase last year at $390.6 million, a sum which is almost equal to the combined net profit of all Cambodian commercial banks in 2017. NagaWorld’s parent company, NagaCorp Ltd, is listed on the Hong Kong

  • US Embassy urged to stop ‘disrespecting sovereignty’

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation called on the US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Saturday to respect the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations after it called former opposition leader Kem Sokha “an innocent man” – a move deemed to be “disrespecting Cambodia’s