Cambodia’s Homeless World Cup team were poles apart from their Polish rivals on Sunday’s opening day of the 2014 edition playing out in Santiago, Chile.
The diminutive players from the Kingdom struggled to contend with the physicality imposed by the Poland squad, who soundly beat them 10-0.
Team coach Chao Vibol bemoaned the absence of head coach Jimmy Campbell, who was forced to remain at home due to lack of funds. “Today was my first game as coach after being Jimmy Campbell’s assistant for five years.
It’s a difficult job and we miss Jimmy. The players tried their best and they learned a lot today,” he said, adding that their fitness was “good”.
Cambodia’s Langeng Theng, meanwhile, said: “The Polish players were very big and strong but we gave our best. I know we will improve as the tournament goes on.” The Kingdom have been drawn in the intimidating Group E including reigning champions Brazil, Switzerland and Namibia.