Cambodian coach Leonardo Vitorino dedicated his charges’ win over Afghanistan to the Prime Minister.
The Kouprey Blue earned their first win after four losses, with a narrow 1-0 victory over Afghanistan. It was a welcome result, given their 7-0 loss to Jordan in March.
“I’d like to dedicate this winning match to the Prime Minister, because even after our heavy defeat against Jordan, he backed us. And I’d also like to thank the Federation for their belief,” the Brazilian told the-afc.com.
“We won the match because of the players. We lost the friendly [against Indonesia] and everyone was talking, but we stayed quiet. I and the Federation know it is a slow process to improve Cambodian football, but we are building for 2023 [SEA Games] and we will get there.”
Vitorino heaped praise on Cambodian stopper Sou Yaty, who made two crucial saves to keep his side in the game.
“This man is the reason for the win today,” continued Vitorino.
“I am very happy for all the players working hard over the internationals and listening in training – this ensured our win. So now we can celebrate.”
Cambodia are now contenders in Group C of their 2019 Asian Cup qualifying campaign, just one point behind leaders Jordan.