Lost in the SEA Games final, eliminated at U23 Asia

After the defeat in the 31st SEA Games final, Thailand U23 continued to disappoint in the tournament U23 Asia 2022. Coach Worrawoot Srimaka’s teachers and students lost to South Korea U23 in the final match, thereby placing third overall, less than the second team in the group. U23 Vietnam 1 point. Thus, U23 Thailand cannot reproduce the achievement of reaching the quarter-finals of Asia U23 at home 2 years ago.

The defeat in the Asian U23 finals dealt another blow to Thai youth football. Coach Srimaka’s team is carefully invested in force, has summoned the best players such as Benjamin Davies, Suphanat Muenta, Jonathan Khemdee, Kritsada Kaman,… but could not pass the group stage.

The disaster month of Thailand U23: Losing the SEA Games final, being eliminated at U23 Asia - 1

Thailand U23 (blue shirt) was eliminated early.

In addition to the victory over the bottom team of U23 Malaysia, U23 Thailand has only 1 point against 2 direct competitors, U23 Vietnam and U23 Korea.

U23 Thailand was eliminated in the final round of U23 Asia, only 18 days after losing to U23 Vietnam in the final of SEA Games 31. The Golden Temple team entered the 31st SEA Games with great ambition. The Football Federation of Thailand (FAT) appointed coach Mano Polking, calling three overage players from the Thai team with the goal of reclaiming the SEA Games gold medal.

However, U23 Thailand lost to U23 Vietnam with the minimum score after the only goal of Nham Manh Dung. A few months earlier, U23 Thailand also lost 0-1 to U23 Vietnam in the final of U23 Southeast Asia. All three tournaments are expected in the first half of 2022, Thailand is empty-handed.

After winning the 29th SEA Games (in 2017), Thai youth football continuously fell in playgrounds from Southeast Asia to Asia. In contrast, U23 Vietnam won the Southeast Asian U23 Championship, won 2 SEA Games gold medals, reached the 2018 Asian U23 final and the 2022 Asian U23 quarterfinal in the same period.

In addition, with a 2-0 victory over U23 Malaysia on the evening of June 8, U23 Vietnam entered the history of Southeast Asia as the first team to enter the quarterfinals of U23 Asia without losing a match in the group stage.

According to statistics, up to the 2022 Asian U23 final round, no Southeast Asian team had entered the quarterfinals with an unbeaten record in the group stage. U23 Vietnam, U23 Malaysia and U23 Thailand all entered the quarterfinals of past tournaments with 4 points.

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