CAMBODIA’S Prak Mony Udom has issued a warning to Singapore’s SEA Games football team ahead of their crucial Group A clash at the Jalan Besar stadium today.
With two goals in the tournament so far, the attacking midfielder’s personal haul is the same as that scored by the hosts and Udom wants to inflict more pain on the Young Lions tonight.
The 21-year-old told The Straits Times: “I am 90 per cent confident of scoring against Singapore and it will be an important goal for Cambodia.
“The match will be important for Singapore too, but we have to win in order to qualify for the semi-finals.”
Udom made headlines in January when he smashed an astounding 16 goals in a single match for his club, Svay Rieng, in a 23-1 Hun Sen Cup win against Prey Veng.
And the Angkor Warriors team captain is no stranger to Singapore’s players, having starred in a 3-1 win during an international friendly against the Republic’s U-23 side with a penalty strike.
He said: “I have played against Singapore several times and we know that they have players who can dribble and have a strong defence.
“But we can win because we have good attackers and we are strong mentally.”
While Udom is eager to strike against the Young Lions, Cambodia Under-23 head coach Lee Tae Hoon is unhappy with the SEA Games schedule.
He said: “I do not understand why we have to play three matches in five days. My players… have so little recovery time while other teams are resting.
“But we have no excuse and the match against Singapore is about how the players win their mental battle and play according to the game plan.”
Although the tactician suffered a blow when Cambodia were hammered 6-1 by Indonesia on Saturday, he is calling on his men not to crumble in front of a partisan Jalan Besar crowd.
Udom wants to harness all the pressure and convert that into goals against Singapore.
He said: “Now, people expect three to four things from me on the field instead of just one but I like to show that I can play football and (the match against) Singapore is all I think about right now.”