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History! Cambodia will play at AFC U19 Championship the first time after 45 YEARS

History! Cambodia will play at AFC U19 Championship the first time after 45 YEARS

After matches in Group A of AFC U19 Championship qualification round ended, Cambodia officially qualified as one of five best second-placed teams.

Cambodia U19 players did not start well in the preliminary round when they lost Malaysia by 4-5 in the first match. However, they soon returned their form.

After beating the Northern Mariana Islands by scoring nine goals, they surprisingly defeated Thailand U19 in the deciding game. In the last round, they went on gaining another victory against Brunei, while Thailand suffered the lost of Malaysia.

As a consequence, Cambodia stood in the second position in Group G of the qualification round. They advanced to the AFC U19 Championship as one of five second-placed teams having the best results.

History! Cambodia will play at AFC U19 Championship the first time after 45 YEARS

Ranking of second-placed teams at 2020 AFC U19 Championship qualification

This is the first time Cambodia football has attended this tournament since 1974, so that young Cambodian players have the right to proud of what they did this year. Their achievement can be compared to their predecessors in the past.

The 1970s is the millennium of Cambodian football. Their national football team was one of the strongest squads in Asia at that time.

The proof is Cambodia used to achieve fourth place in the 1972 Asian Cup. Their U19 also appeared at AFC U19 Championship three times in 1963, 1972, and 1974.

Unluckily, after that time, Cambodian football teams disappeared in international matches, which made them become a very weak team in the 1990s.