Coaching Cambodia is a tough job at the best of times. But for Keisuke Honda, who only has the role part-time, it could be near impossible.
AFF Cup holders Thailand and Sven-Goran Eriksson's Philippines both continued their good start to the tournament.
Vietnam maintained their perfect start to the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup on Friday as Park Hang-seo's side beat Malaysia 2-0 at Hanoi's My Dinh Stadium.
Malaysia are moving forward but don't yet have the look of AFF Cup champions. Vietnam will show just how close, or far away, they are.
Thailand's football chief wants a third consecutive AFF Cup title but has warned that Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines make 2018 a hard task.
Sven-Goran Eriksson started his stint as Philippines head coach with a 1-0 win over Singapore in their AFF Suzuki Cup opener on Tuesday evening.
It's close to two decades since Sven-Goran Eriksson last won a trophy. That's why this Philippines move will be a litmus test of his legacy.
Hariss Harun scored the only goal of the game as Singapore surprised 2016 finalists Indonesia; Adisak Kraisorn fired six goals for Thailand.
Malaysia opened the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup with a 1-0 victory over Cambodia in Group A on Thursday.
Malaysia's hopes of kicking off their AFF Cup with a win over Cambodia have been boosted by confirmation that mentor Keisuke Honda will be absent.
Group B of the AFF Cup is the tougher of the two groups. ESPN takes a look at Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Timor Leste and the Philippines.
There are plenty of local rivalries at play in Group A of the AFF Cup. ESPN FC runs the rule over Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos.
Eriksson has been appointed on a six-month deal that includes an option to extend, according to reports in the region.
In mid-December, the biggest game in world football will not be staged in the strongholds of Europe or South America - it will be in Southeast Asia.
The Philippines fell flat in the 2016 edition, but the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup could just be the Azkals' best chance at finally winning some silverware.
Singapore legend Fandi Ahmad has a short contract but he should use that as a positive. Expectations are low and he will not be blamed for failure.
For coach Tan Cheng Hoe, the AFF Cup offers a chance to show progress with a young side and right the ship after an awful period in team history.
The quarterfinal run of Malaysia at the AFC U23 Championship helped coach Ong Kim Swee prove his doubters wrong, including FAM boss and JDT owner TMJ.