Citing financial and competitive concerns, Cambodia withdraws from 2014 AFC Challenge Cup

The Southeast Asian nation will use the next two years to develop its grassroots programs as well as focus on the completion of a new national football centre in Bati
The Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC) on Friday announced its withdrawal from the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup, a tournament featuring many of the Asian Football Confederation's 'emerging' national team programs.

Cambodia have participated in the competition since its inaugural edition in 2006, when they were eliminated after finishing in third in Group C. In their 2012 campaign, Royal Khmers beat Macau on aggregate before losing to Maldives, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan in the group qualifying stage.

"The FFC wants to concentrate on building youth and grassroots programs [in the country]," FFC Deputy General Secretary May Tola said in a statement, also citing limited financial reach due to the ongoing construction of the country's new national football center in Bati.

Cambodia are presently without a manager following the resignation of coach Hok Sochetra earlier this week.