Cambodia thrashed Laos 3-1 in their third Group A match at home on Tuesday night to secure their first 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup victory, with left-back Rozib Sath pointing out that his side have learned from two straight defeats to Malaysia and Myanmar before putting on a stunning performance against Laos.
The Kouprey Blues were beaten 1-0 by Malaysia and 4-1 by Myanmar before snatching their first three points after they put three goals past Laos, with the goals coming through their attacking trio Vathanaka Chan, Monyudom Prak, and Sokpheng Keo.
Rozib Sath, who was handed his second AFF Suzuki Cup start for Cambodia, set up his Boeung Ket fellow Vathanaka Chan’s opening goal with a lovely cross from the left-hand side before the forward headed home to put Cambodia ahead.
The 24-year-old born is excited to be a part of Cambodia’s first goal against Laos that roared the National Olympic Stadium, with the No. 2 stating that seeing the supporters’ cheering faces is his happiness.
The Boeung Ket man, who has an attacking mindset, however, is worried about his stamina as he said that he has used a lot of energy to help support Cambodia’s attack and defense at the same time.
The supporters were impressed by his performance, yet he admitted that he is still nervous as it is his debut year in the AFF Suzuki Cup, and he is also grateful to Cambodia manager Keisuke Honda for having faith in him.
Rozib Sath told TheMorning: “I’m happy as we get what we aimed for. We played really well. In our last few games, we had some problems, so we lost. We have tried to learn from our mistakes, and it worked. This [win] is what we always want.
“I think I have much to improve. I often support our attack, so sometimes I can’t defend on time. That’s related to my energy as I need to run box to box. My stamina is not there yet, so I need to work hard.
“I’m very excited that I created a chance for Vathanaka Chan’s goal. I’m very happy after the fans kept cheering for us to encourage us, so I’m very happy.
“It’s my first time to play in the AFF Suzuki Cup, I was nervous in my first game. It’s incredible for me to join the national team and also become the first-team player.
“I have trained really hard with our experienced players as I hope to learn and get experience, but the coach has faith in me and has played me. I’m very excited as it is my childhood dream, and now it comes true.”
Photo of Rozib Sath (in blue, No. 2) courtesy of Football Federation of Cambodia