Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Tough start for Cambodia in U-16 qualifiers

Tough start for Cambodia in U-16 qualifiers

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The Cambodia team pose for a photo before their match on Wednesday. FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF MALAYSIA VIA TWITTER

Tough start for Cambodia in U-16 qualifiers

Cambodia were thrashed 7-0 by Malaysia in the opening game of their 2020 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-16 Championship qualification campaign at the New Laos National Stadium in Vientiane, Laos, on Wednesday.

Cambodia have been drawn into Group J alongside hosts Laos, Japan and Malaysia.

Akid Mohd Zamri scored twice for Malaysia, winners of the 2019 Asean Football Federation U-15 Championship, with the other goals scored by Adam Uwais Mohd Armi, Adam Farhan Mohd Faizal, Harry Danish Haizon, Nabil Qayyum Zainuddin and Khairil Mohd Zain.

The finals of the biennial international youth football championship for the men’s U-16 national teams of Asia will take place in Bahrain between September 16 and October 3 next year.

All 47 AFC member associations teams entered the competition, which features players born on or after January 1, 2004, and were split into 11 groups.

A total of 16 qualified teams will play in the finals, including Bahrain who qualified automatically as hosts.

In each group, teams play each other once at a centralised venue. The eleven group winners and the four best runners-up qualify for the finals.

If Bahrain win their group or are among the four best runners-up, the fifth best runner-up also qualifies for the finals.

Japan, Tajikistan, South Korea, Australia, North Korea, Indonesia, Oman and India are the top eight seeds.

The teams that reach the semi-finals in Bahrain will also qualify to represent Asia at the 2021 Fifa U-17 World Cup.

On Friday, Cambodia face an even more daunting test against favourites Japan, who beat hosts Laos 4-0 at the same venue earlier on Wednesday.


  • Angkor lifetime pass, special Siem Reap travel offers planned

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to introduce a convenient, single lifetime pass for foreign travellers to visit Angkor Archaeological Park and potentially other areas. The move is designed to stimulate tourism to the culturally rich province of Siem Reap as the start of the “Visit

  • Ice cream, noodles flagged over carcinogen

    The General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia (GDCE) has identified three types of instant noodles and ice cream trademarks originating from Thailand, Vietnam and France that are suspected to contain ethylene oxide, which poses a cancer risk to consumers. The general department has

  • Exclusive interview with Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the EU

    CAMBODIA is hosting the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings this week with top officials from the US, China, and Russia and other countries in the region slated to attend and to meet with face-to-face with their counterparts on the sidelines. In

  • Rise in Thai air routes to Siem Reap fuels travel hopes

    Local tourism industry players are eager for regional airline Bangkok Airways Pcl’s resumption of direct flight services between the Thai capital and Siem Reap town on August 1 – home of Cambodia’s awe-inspiring Angkor Archaeological Park – which is expected to boost the growth rate of

  • ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meet commences, Taiwan issue possibly on table

    The 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and related meetings hosted by Cambodia kicks off in Phnom Penh on August 3, with progress, challenges, and the way forward for the ASEAN Community-building on the table. Issues on Taiwan, sparked by the visit of US House Speaker

  • Recap of this year’s ASEAN FM meet and look ahead

    This year’s edition of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) hosted by Cambodia comes against the backdrop of heightened global tensions and increasing rivalry between major powers that have been compared to the animosity of the Cold War era. The following is The Post’