Cambodia must improve in AFF Suzuki Cup

Cambodia coach Lee Tae-hoon admits they must improve in the AFF Suzuki Cup after successfully sealing their progress from the qualification stages.

Yesterday’s 3-2 victory over Timor Leste secured Cambodia’s first appearance in the Suzuki Cup for eight years and maintained their 100 per cent record in the preliminary stages of the competition.

A draw would have been sufficient for Cambodia to finish above both Laos and Brunei, but Chan Vathanaka’s second half winner eased any fears of missing out on qualification.

However, Lee believes Cambodia will have to cut out the sloppy errors in next month’s competition, where they will face Myanmar, Malaysia and Vietnam in the group stages.

“We made a few mistakes in possession and that let them back in the game. Like I said in our last game we had problems with concentration,” he said.

“But we made it through we are now through to the final round and we will try to challenge with the higher level teams.

“All our players worked hard, but we have to continue to improve every day, especially when we come up against the higher level teams.

“The group stage is a big challenge for us and as our group opponents are better than us we will try to challenge them of course.

“I don’t usually name players, but Souey Visal and Sam Oeun Pidor made big mistakes and maybe they relaxed a bit too much after our opening two wins.”