The local legend replaces Korean coach Lee-Tae Hoon and will have the task of leading the team in AFF Suzuki Cup qualifying in OctoberFootball Federation of Cambodia has announced the appointment of local legend Hok Sochetra as new coach of the national team.
The former striker, who scored 42 goals for Cambodia between 1995 and 2003, replaces Korean manager Lee Tae-Hoon.
Sochetra will be immediately tasked with a major challenge as he will lead his side in Suzuki Cup qualifiers in Myanmar from October 5 to 13; which will be the first matches for the team in more than a year.
“Sure, I’m so happy for this job, but it’s not an easy job for me. I need to work hard with confidence, this is the national team,” he told the the Phnom Penh Post on Sunday.
“We will work hard together to lead the Cambodian team to the final stage of the Suzuki Cup.”
Sochetra added that he will select players only who are capable of being professional both on and off the pitch and clarified that favouritism will be unlikely under his governance.
“I love every player, I don’t have any favourite player, so I’ll choose based on their competence on the field and also their discipline,” he said.
“Some players are good in playing but not good at living with other team-mates, so I will not choose them. Some fans accuse the national team when they lose because they love the team so much. But they must also know the standard of our side.
“Before playing, we never think about losing but most of us know we are unlikely to get a result against the likes of China and North Korea.”
Sochetra was regarded as one of the best strikers in South-East Asia during the 90s and is considered one of the best players Cambodia has ever produced.