The Asian section of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification 2nd Round draw was made today and placed Cambodia (after their 1st Round success over Macau) in the same group as Japan, Syria, Afghanistan and Singapore. The countries will play home & away games (8 matches each) to determine who will progress to the 3rd Round as well as the Asian Cup.
Cambodia's matches will take place as follows:
11 Jun: Cambodia vs Singapore
16 Jun: Cambodia vs Afghanistan
3 Sep: Japan vs Cambodia
8 Sep: Cambodia vs Syria
13 Oct: Singapore vs Cambodia
12 Nov: Afghanistan vs Cambodia
17 Nov: Cambodia vs Japan
24 Mar 16: Syria vs Cambodia.
Note: It looks
like Cambodia will travel to Jordan to play the away game with Syria,
as they do not play their 'home' matches in Syria because of the
on-going conflict there. And Afghanistan are likely to play their 'home'
matches in Tajikistan.
Phnom Penh Crown's influential midfielder Bin Thierry gave his
views after he heard the FIFA World Cup draw had paired the Cambodia
national team against Japan, Syria, Afghanistan and Singapore in their
2nd Round group. Thierry, who is currently on holiday in Canada, had
this to say: "I just woke up and saw the draw and it's a wonderful
opportunity for Cambodia, the players and of course, the fans. This will
be a fantastic experience. For sure, our group is very hard but
we will give our very best in every game. What we will need is for
everyone in Cambodia to support and cheer for us in each match. I can't
wait for the games to begin."