Struggle Elephants begin making ready for Malaysia conflict

Thailand coach Akira Nishino greets midfielder Sasalak Haiprakhon.
Thailand coach Akira Nishino greets midfielder Sasalak Haiprakhon.

Thailand on Friday kicked off the ultimate part of their preparations for 2 upcoming World Cup qualifiers within the absence of their foreign-based stars.

The Struggle Elephants are scheduled to tackle Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 14 earlier than clashing with Vietnam on Nov 19 in one other away recreation.

After three video games, the Thais lead Group G of Asia’s second qualifying spherical for the 2022 World Cup forward of Vietnam on aim distinction.

The UAE, the highest seeded workforce within the group, have six factors and Malaysia three.

Indonesia, who’ve performed 4 matches, are nonetheless in search of their first level.

The eight group winners and 4 greatest runners-up advance to the continent’s 12-team ultimate qualifying stage for Qatar 2022 and likewise earn locations on the 2023 AFC Asian Cup finals in China.

Amongst these reporting for the coaching camp yesterday had been captain Siwarak Tedsungnoen, veteran striker Teerasil Dangda, Sarach Yooyen, Phitiwat Sukjitthammakul, Supachok Sarachart and Sasalak Haiprakhon.

They had been all welcomed by Thailand coach Akira Nishino at Windmill Soccer Membership, the place the squad bought on with their coaching.

Japan-based star playmaker Chanathip Songkrasin, who missed Thailand’s 2-1 victory over the UAE final month by means of damage, influential defender Theerathon Bunmathan, who can also be taking part in in Japan, and goalkeeper Kawin Thamsatchanan of Belgium’s OHL will be part of the workforce on Monday.

Midfielder Thitiphan Puangjan, one other J-League participant, was not included within the squad as he has but to get well from an damage.

Teenage striker Suphanat Mueanta will be part of the workforce at the moment after taking part in for the nation’s U19 facet.

Japanese coach Nishino can also be overseeing the nationwide U23 squad’s coaching for the 2019 SEA Video games within the Philippines, the place Thailand shall be defending their title.

In the meantime, the Soccer Affiliation of Thailand (FAT) introduced yesterday the 2020 Thai League 1 season will kick off on Feb 7.

The primary switch window is from Nov 11-Feb three and the second from June 15-July 12.

Chiang Rai United are the defending champions.

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