Cambodia head into Thursday’s 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifier first leg against Chinese Taipei quietly confident following a morale-boosting 2-0 win over Timor Leste on Sunday.
Coach Lee Tae Hoon said he will be looking for another positive showing in Kaohsiung after goals from Phoung Soksana and Khuon Laboravy earned the Angkor Warriors victory in last weekend’s friendly.
Despite that win, Lee admitted that his side still face an uphill battle to get anything from the tie against an admittedly stronger Chinese Taipei side.
“I like dynamic and exciting play, so that is how we are going to try and play,” said Lee. “But Chinese Taipei are at home so they will also try to win the game.
“I have watched their qualifying games and they have developed more as a team – they play with a faster tempo and are more balanced than they were previously, so it will be hard to win.” he added.
Both sides enjoyed a miserable second round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, losing all their ties to finish bottom of their respective groups.
Chinese Taipei have been boosted by the return of Japanese coach Toshiaki Imai earlier this year. Imai was credited with bringing about a notable improvement in Chinese Taipei’s football during his first spell in charge of the team from 2005 to 2007.
The return fixture will take place at the Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh on Tuesday.