Thailand’s national football team returned home on Tuesday after reaching the knockout stage of the Asian Cup in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.
The team led by interim coach Sirisak Yodyadthai arrived at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in the evening and were welcomed by the army of media.
Sirisak said he was proud to make Thai people happy after the War Elephants started the Cup in disappointment by losing to India before recovering to finish second in group A following a win over Bahrain and a draw with UAE.
The team hit their target by reaching the round of 16 but their journey finnally came to an end, losing to China 1-2.
“I was a bit under pressure in the last three games as I was appointed to coach the team in th middle of the tournament. But the players have done pretty well as the 3-5-2 formation suits them and allows them to maximise their abilities,” said Sirisak.
The acting coach also said he still had no idea about his future with the team. “The Football Association of Thailand will call for a meeting on this subject later.”