Sunday, October 3, 2010
The Cambodian national team continue their preparations in Vietnam ahead of their AFF Suzuki Cup qualifying matches later this month. They have played practice matches against local Vietnamese teams as well as their hosts Under 23 squad on two occasions, as new coach, Lee Tae-Hoon gets his team in shape physically and mentally after the recent conclusion of the C-League season. Physical fitness has been an important focus of the South Korean coach who complained that his team simply weren't fit enough before they left for Vietnam just over a month ago. A rigorous training regime has followed. The squad will return to Cambodia on the 8th but there's no word yet whether they will have any more practice matches ahead of their first Suzuki Cup qualifier against Laos on the 22nd of the month. The qualifying round-robin matches are taking place in Vientiane, and Cambodia will also face Timor Leste on the 24th and the Philippines on the 26th. The two best teams from the series of matches will progress to the Suzuki Cup competition proper, that will be held jointly in Vietnam (Hanoi) and Indonesia (Jakarta) between 1-8 December.