Cambodia and co-hosts Myanmar will battle against each other in a must-win clash in the AFF Suzuki Cup on Wednesday.
Both sides will be desperate to walk away with three points as they are facing the threat of being eliminated in the group stage.
Cambodia suffered a narrow 3-2 loss to Malaysia in their opener on Sunday, but will take some confidence from the fact that they gave Ong Kim Swee’s side a major scare.
Nonetheless, Cambodia head coach Lee Tae Hoon sees his side as the underdogs going into their encounter with Myanmar.
“The last game was very disappointing but our players are still doing their best,” he said. “Tomorrow’s game will be a big challenge for us. Myanmar have prepared well and their players have showed good patience for every game.
“But our players will still challenge them and we are in the process of developing. We still try our best tomorrow and enter the match with confidence.”
Striker Chan Vathanaka, who scored both of Cambodia’s goals against Malaysia, echoed Lee’s sentiments, adding: “It is very, very important and have a good chance for us to get something out of it. We will try to do our utmost best to get a result.”
Meanwhile, as co-hosts, Myanmar will be determined to keep their hopes of advancing to the semi-finals alive, but coach Gerd Zeise admitted that they have put themselves in a difficult position following their 2-1 loss to Vietnam on Sunday.
“It was not a satisfactory start for us, it would have been better if we got at least a point,” he said. “You can lose against Vietnam but when it happens in the first game, it’s not so good.”
Despite their disappointing start to the tournament, Zeise has vowed to do everything in his power to boost his side’s confidence going into the match on Wednesday.
“My preparation is focused on talks with the players, keep them up mentally, get their confidence back and recovering,” he said.