FORMER NATIONAL striker Piyapong Pue-on wants nothing less than the title as he takes the under-12 squad to the Toyota International Junior Cup in Nagoya later this month.
The Toyota Junior team director is confident that his 24-member side will return home with the trophy after scoring 26 goals and conceding just one goal during the past season.
“Since we started this project five years ago, the quality of our players got better and better. So, our only goal is to win again. There is no other option,” said the 57-year-old.
The 24 players, who have been picked from all over the country, will undergo training under the supervision of Piyapong and several experienced coaches. They will play four teams from Japan and one from Vietnam in a round-robin format event from August 26 to 27.
“Once they complete a training session with us, it’s necessary that they have a tournament to play and show their skills. That’s the sole reason why we are sending them to compete in Japan,” he said.
Piyapong was impressed by the standards of Thai football players, who have been trained in academies before taking part in the Toyota tournament. According to him, nine boys from the 2016 season have made it to the national under-13 team.