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TOURNAMENT

RECORD

Group Stage

2004

 

Nickname

O Sol Nascente

(The Rising Sun)

National Coach

Norio Tsukitate

(Japan)

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TOURNAMENT RECORD

Group Stage

2004

Nickname

O Sol Nascente

(The Rising Sun)

National Coach

Norio Tsukitate

(Japan)

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About Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste face one of the biggest matches of their short footballing history when they play Brunei in the qualification match for this year’s AFF Suzuki Cup.

The game will be played over two-legs, home and away, in September with the winning side progressing to the Group stages.

Timor Leste will be led by new coach Norio Tsukitate from Japan.

This year’s squad possesses two players who are playing overseas. Joao Pedro plays for Sporting Braga in Portugal and Kornelis Nahak Portela is part of the Málaga Club de Futbol side.

The region’s youngest footballing nation made their debut in the competition in 2004 and they found the going tough losing all four matches.

They appeared to come of age in the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup qualifiers when wins against Cambodia and Laos and a narrow loss to Myanmar put them on the brink of qualification for the group stage. But needing only a draw against Brunei in their final game, they lost 2-1 to miss out on progression by a single point.

It looked like they might make amends in 2014 when they began their qualifying campaign with a 4-2 win over Brunei and a hard-fought 0-0 draw with Myanmar before taking a 2-0 lead against Cambodia in their third game. But they conceded three goals in the final 26 minutes to lose 3-2 and went down 2-0 to Laos to miss out on qualification once again.

Two years ago the footballing minnows battled bravely in the qualifiers in Cambodia but were unable to secure a point.

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