Thailand determined to defeat Vietnam in the AFF Cup 2020

The Thai Football Federation (FAT) has confirmed that it will send the best squad of the national team to lose to Vietnam to compete for the AFF Cup 2020 championship by the end of this year.

Thailand (blue shirt) aspires to regain the No. 1 position in Southeast Asia

Thailand still aspires to regain the “throne” of Southeast Asian football

In a statement in Siamsport, the right of FAT General Secretary Parit Suphaphong confirmed that, although the AFF Cup 2020 matches this year may have to “clash” with the schedule of Thai League 1 (Thai top league). Lan), but that’s not an obstacle for coach Akira Nishino to gather the best players. Therefore, in parallel with the goal of qualifying for the second round of the 2022 World Cup, Thailand still aspires to regain the “throne” of Southeast Asian football in this year’s AFF Cup – the tournament that Vietnam is currently in. champion.

Thailand will almost certainly not have Chanathip (left) in the AFF Cup 2020
Thailand will almost certainly not have Chanathip (left) in the AFF Cup 2020

Mr. Suphaphong stressed that: “Up to now, there is no news about the AFF Cup 2020 being postponed. We still have to wait for FIFA to announce the schedule to determine when the national team can play again. The AFF Cup is not part of FIFA’s international schedule but not so we do not have some of the best players in this year’s tournament (starting from November 23).

The Secretary-General continued: “In the past tournaments we have also missed players playing abroad. This year’s AFF Cup, too, when Thailand will not have a full squad of pillars. Up to now, the specific schedule of the AFF Cup has not been announced. If the tournament takes place, then the table matches will clash with the schedule of Thai League 1 (the tournament that most Thai players are playing), but the knockout round is not when we will have a squad. the best”.

U.23 players attend the AFF Cup to put all their energy into the 2022 World Cup qualifiers

“Thailand is confident of being able to make it through the group stage and Mr. Nishino can summon the best players to the AFF Cup 2020,” the official said in a statement. information about coach Nishino may bring U.23 players to the AFF Cup to put all his energy into the 2022 World Cup qualifier. This also means that Thailand is ready to play to the end to lose enough with teachers Coach Park Hang-seo at the AFF Cup 2020.

Vietnam is determined to defend the AFF Cup championship
Vietnam is determined to defend the AFF Cup championship

According to Thai media, the FAT’s move is considered reluctant when they do not want to see Malaysia and Vietnam again compete for this year’s AFF Cup 2020 championship. However, although FAT confirmed that they want to send the best squad to the AFF Cup 2020, they are unlikely to summon 4 players who are playing in the top Japanese league (J-League), including Chanathip Songkrasin, Teerasil Dangda, Theerathon Bunmathan, and Kawin Thamsatchanan. Because apart from the AFF Cup not in the official FIFA schedule (leading to the club not releasing players for recruitment), J-League may last until the end of the year after being delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.