After one win and one loss the national Under 20’s women’s team are out of the Asia Cup qualifiers, but not only did they put up a brave fight, but the hosting of the event can be considered a success for women football within the Kingdom.
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How did the results play out?
The first and indeed deciding match of the tournament saw a strong Myanmar team beat Cambodia 2-0, with goals from Sandar Lin (50) and an own goal by Nimol in the 64th minute.
Cambodia’s second match saw them narrowly defeat Malaysia with a 94th minute goal from Kimhong, which despite the win sadly left the hosts out bar a mathematical miracle.
Myanmar took the top-spot yesterday by seeing off Malaysia in an entertaining 3-1 victory, courtesy of goals from Wai Him Phyo (19.86), as well a Malaysian own-goal. Malaysia’s consolation goal came from Hans in the 58th minute.
Was hosting the vent a success?
Perhaps more importantly than the results were that this was the first time Cambodia had hosted any form of women’s qualifying event, with the overall consensus being that both hosting and gaining exposure for the women’s game were both a success.
All games were hosted on time and without issue at the RSN Smart Stadium, with both of Cambodian women’s matches getting over 250 paying fans, as well as local media coverage.
Women’s football is one of the fastest growing sports within the Kingdom, with the first national league under the auspices of the Cambodian Premier League set to launch this year.
You can read about the Cambodian Premier League here.
This article is adapted from BPVE SPORT Cambodia, reported and edited from the great team – Cambodia Sports Review.
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