Coach Polking of Thailand U.23 shared that he had lost sleep for many days because he was worried about the match against Malaysia U.23 in Group B of men’s football. SEA Games 31 (at 7:00 p.m. on May 7 at Thien Truong Stadium, Nam Dinh).
* COMMENTARY BEFORE BATTLE
In terms of force, Thailand U.23 is rated the strongest in Group B when it owns 3 stars from abroad including Ben Davis, Chayapipat Suphanphat and Jonathan Khemdee, and 3 players who are too old – veteran goalkeeper Kawin Thamsatchanan and 2 Experienced midfielders Weerathep Pomphan, Worachit Kanitsribampen. In addition, this team also has remarkable young talents such as central defender Chonnapat Buaphan, striker Ekanit Panya, Patrik Gustavsson… But the obstacle of U.23 Thailand is the problem of team cohesion by 2 days before the match. When he started the army, Mr. Polking had enough troops in hand.
Thailand U.23 drew with Malaysia 0-0 in the qualifying round of the Asian U.23 Championship last year
A few days ago, Mr. Polking confessed to the Thai press: “The first match is very important for Thailand U.23, success or failure in this match almost determines all possibilities of going to the semi-finals and looking forward to going to the semi-finals. the goal of winning the gold medal at the 31st SEA Games. Regardless of whether a positive result or a failure will have a lot of impact on the next stage in a good or bad way. I can’t think further than meeting U.23 Vietnam in the final, we need to get past the semi-finals first. Therefore, I thought a lot of options, made a lot of plans and researched very carefully about Malaysia U.23 to find a chance to win, and then I calculated.”
Coach Polking of Thailand U.23
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At yesterday’s press conference, coach Polking affirmed: “It is difficult, but our advantage is that the players can play a lot together in regional tournaments. Let’s go through the joys, the happiness, the ups and downs together. Therefore, I believe they will soon integrate and become more connected with each match. In the SEA Games arena, U.23 Thailand is the team with the best record. That is a positive motivation for young Thai players. In the immediate future, we will have to beat Malaysia. This is probably the most difficult match and the goal is to get to the semi-finals.”
In the last meeting, Thailand U.23 (led by coach Worrawoot Srimaka) and Malaysia U.23 drew 0-0 in Group J qualifying for the U.23 Asian Cup in October 2021 in Mongolia. According to the Thai press, Malaysia U.23 failed to compete successfully in the Southeast Asian U.23 tournament in mid-February (losing to U.23 Laos 1-2 and 0-2) and also losing to Timor Leste 1- 2 recently, but just won the Philippines 2-0. Malaysia U.23 does not have any players over the age of 23 but has the return of No. 1 star Luqman Hakim and striker from Japan Hadi Fayyadh.
Malaysia U.23 coach Brad Maloney said: “All the opponents in Group B have their own strengths and the chances of reaching the semi-finals are equal. Our failure in the recent AFF U.23 tournament was just an accident. Malaysia has many new factors that can surprise. Of course, Thailand U.23 is the most interesting opponent, but they also only drew goalless with us in the AFC U.23 Championship 2022. We hope to overcome the weaknesses to score goals in this tournament. Thien Truong yard. Malaysian football hasn’t been doing well lately and we don’t want that to continue. U.23 Malaysia will play competitively, fairly and towards a win.”
Another match of Group B on May 7 between U.23 Laos and U.23 Singapore (at 16 o’clock) also on Thien Truong yard.