National coach Ricki Herbert brought in a clutch of new players to help Maldives beat Cambodia 3-2 in their group game at the BangaBandhu Gold Cup in Bangladesh.
Herbert left out seven players who took the Maldives to the semi-finals of the SAFF Suzuki Cup tournament in India, bringing in youngsters as he tries to develop the national side of the island nation.
He was rewarded with a fighting performance that got the Maldives off to a winning start at the Gold Cup.
Next games are:
- Jan 13: Maldives vs Bangladesh U23
- Jan 15: Maldives vs Bahrain
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