Cambodia U-22 coach Leonardo Vitorino apologized for the poor performance of his side at SEA Games, as reported by local media.
Cambodia ended their 2017 SEA Games campaign after losing all of their five Group B matches and finished at the bottom of the group.
In the post-match press conference after a 2-0 defeat to Indonesia U22 in the final group fixture on Thursday, Vitorino apologized for the poor outcome and disciplinary issue of his side in the tournament.
“I want to say something to Cambodian supporters and the country. We had a problem with the discipline, and we dismissed two players. The players asked me to say: ‘Sorry to Cambodia’,” the Brazilian said.
“On behalf of the players, sorry to Cambodia, not about the result as they fought so much, they did their best, and we know we have eleven new players who played for the first time in the SEA Games,” he added.
“We are together. About the discipline, sure as the head coach, I put pressure on them to make the best of them, and all the time I follow the rules.”
After SEA Games, Vitorino has another tough task for the Kouprey Blue as they will have to take on Vietnam in the Group C of AFC U-23 Championship qualification on 5 September.