THAILAND’S under-23 coach Worrawoot Srimaka believes his side can take on any team if they are well focused. The team arrived in Jakarta yesterday for the Asian Games football competition.
A day after announcing the national squad, which consists of no J-League stars, the squad left for Indonesia yesterday morning and went for a training session in the afternoon at the Padhaharan Stadium.
They play their opening game against Qatar in Group B tomorrow at the Pakansari Stadium at 7pm Bangkok time.
Worrawoot said his side was almost 100 per cent ready for action. Only Chiangrai United defender Suriya Singmui has a minor injury and Chiang Mai midfielder Ekanit Panya, the youngest of the team at only 18, was due to fly to Indonesia later.
“I already have a rough line-up in mind for the game with Qatar. There’s only a few things to adjust before the game,” said Worrawoot.
“I want my players to remain really focused and never fear the opponents. They are capable of handling any team,” added the under-23 national coach.
Apart from Qatar, Thailand will play Bangladesh on August 16 and Uzbekistan on August 19. Only the two top teams from six groups and the four best third-placed finishers will move to the round of 16.
Thailand’s best attempt in the Asian Games were fourth-place finishes in 1998, 2002 and 2014. Workpoint will beam live the Thailand-Qatar match from 7pm onwards.
Players during the training at Padhaharan Stadium