VIDEO: Polroth’s long-range rocket for Cambodia

The teenage midfielder hit a 35-yard thunderbolt against Vietnam, but it was not enough as his side suffered a 2-1 defeat and exited the AFF Championship

Cambodia may not be a footballing powerhouse, but they showed in their latest outing that they boast players of considerable potential.

The Asian nation are currently perched in 168th spot in the FIFA World Rankings, just below Myanmar and Laos.

They have never graced the World Cup finals and have been absent from the Asian Cup since 1972.

Qualification was, however, secured for the 2016 edition of the AFF Championship.

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Unfortunately, they would bow out at the group stage, tasting defeat in all three of their matches.

Cambodia were able to make a lasting impression on the event, though, with teenage midfielder Chrenrng Polroth – who plays his club football for National Defense Ministry FC - crashing home a spectacular strike in their final appearance.

His side were already two goals down on the day during a meeting with Vietnam when the ball reached the 19-year-old 35 yards out.

A long-range thunderbolt was fired into the top corner, giving opposition goalkeeper Nguyen Manh Tran no chance.

Polroth’s effort was to be a mere consolation, though, as Cambodia went on to lose 2-1, while Vietnam progressed to the semi-finals of the competition where they will meet Indonesia.