After their great opening day performance, losing by only a point against Brunei Darussalam, the NMI Boys U19 National Team on Monday faced host Cambodia which promptly handed the Northern Marianas its second loss in the AFC U19 Championship 2020 Qualifiers which are being held in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia.
Cambodia simply overpowered the NMI, 9-0.
“It was a tough evening based on the score line,” NMI coach Ruselle Zapanta said in an email. “The boys played hard though we feel they could have pushed a bit more. But they were able to compete with tougher opponents and the team performance shows. The days of ‘parking the bus’ is no longer a thought as the NMI players try to develop their own style of play and compete internationally.”