Thursday, 20 January 2011 15:00 Ung Chamroeun
Cambodian national team coach Lee Tae Hoon of South Korea has announced the list of 24 players that will attend training at the National Football Center ahead of their first 2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualification game against Macao at Olympic Stadium on February 9.
Training started yesterday with a busy schedule for players who are also involved with their own clubs in the ongoing 2011 Samdech Hun Sen Cup competition, which starts its round of last 16 matches this Saturday.
Vann Ly, Cambodian team leader, says history is on their side against their regional opponents. “Macao never beat us, so I believe that we can repeat our good result against this team,” he said. “On the other hand, the squad is selected by the coach himself, not like the SEA Games side that he inherited when he was recruited.”
According to Vann Ly, the team list will be cut down to 18 players for the Macau fixtures (home and away) and coach Lee still reserves the right to change his mind about current squad members while he closely observes upcoming Hun Sen Cup games.
Seven premier league teams contribute players to the current 24-man national squad – Phnom Penh Crown, Preah Khan Reach, Build Bright United, National Defence Ministry, Naga Corp, Kirivong Sok Sen Chey and newly promoted National Police Commissary.