Cambodia will have a point to prove in the AFF U23 Championship after a group stage exit in the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 back in December. Japanese coach Ryu Hirose has called up several players from the senior national team in the likes of Hul Kimhuy, Soeuth Nava and Sieng Chanthea.
Chanthea and Narong Kakada are expected to feature in attack for the Angkor Warriors. The former managed to find the net against Laos in the Suzuki Cup in a 3-0 win and would hope to bag some more goals in this tournament. Meanwhile, Yue Safy and Nava will shoulder the responsibility of keeping things tight at the back. However, the omission of Visal has raised a few eyebrows as he was on target against Iraq during the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers.
In 2019, Cambodia had finished fourth in this competition after narrowly losing to Vietnam in the third-place playoff. They would hope to better their performance in this edition and give enough reasons to cheer for the home fans.