Many Southeast Asian teams are affected by the widespread Covid-19 epidemic, including Thailand’s coach Akira Nishino in the World Cup 2022.
Thailand can be in trouble because Covid-19, coach Nishino “worried to fever”
The leading Thai sports newspaper, Siam Sport, reported that the Ministry of Health has announced that it will apply a 14-day quarantine measure for its citizens returning from epidemic areas including China, Japan, Singapore and South Korea.
This decision will affect the focus of Thailand Tel to prepare for World Cup 2020 qualifiers in Asia in late March.
Currently in the squad of “War Elephants,” there are 4 players competing in Japan: Chanathip Songkrasin, Kawin Thamsatchanan (Consadole), Theerathon Bunmathan (Yokohama F. Marinos) and Teerasil Dangda (Shimizu S-Pulse). These are all influential pillars in Thailand.
Under the rules of the World Football Association (FIFA), they are only allowed to return home a few days before Thailand plays against Indonesia in the World Cup qualifier on March 26, friendly with Curacao on March 30.
Japan is delaying professional football matches until March 15. However, teams are not obliged to release their players early.
If strictly complying with FIFA regulations and the Ministry of Health of Thailand, these 4 players will be absent in the match against Indonesia. This makes coach Akira Nishino very upset and is having to think of a plan to adjust accordingly.
Without the services of the above-mentioned pillars, coach Akira Nishino will have to have a headache in terms of personnel before entering the 2022 World Cup qualifier.
Currently, Thailand is ranked third in Group G with 8 points, 3 points lower than Vietnam. Nishino’s teachers and students are forced to win the remaining 3 matches to raise hopes of competing for the top of Group G, going to the final qualifying round.
Thai League 2020 also faces the risk of being delayed
Continuing in the list of possible delays apart from World Cup 2022 is Thai League 2020 The Thai Football Federation has already made plans in case the national championship is postponed due to the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic.
“At this point, we have to be prepared for any situation like K-League or J. League (both Korea and Japan have been postponed).
The federation will always follow and update the news, even though everything is going well now, ”Deputy Secretary-General of the Football Federation Parit Suphaphong shared with the newspaper.
A FAT spokesman also said that on Monday, the Thai Football Federation will have an emergency meeting with specialized departments, referees and experts to assess the situation.
“We cannot know what will happen in the near future, however, we must monitor and coordinate with responsible agencies.
If there is a problem with fans or players infected with Covid-19, everything will greatly affect the image of football.
The Thai League will stop if there is a recommendation from the Government or the Ministry of Health, we will consider carefully the possible measures, ”Mr. Suphaphong added.
Currently, Thai League 2020 has passed 3 rounds, Thai Port FC is the leading team with 9 absolute points, while Muangthong United of goalkeeper Van Lam ranked 10th with 2 losses and 1 victory.
Previously, because of concerns about the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic, FAT decided to withdraw the Thai women’s team from the friendly football tournament that will take place in Cyprus in early March, canceling the friendly match between U16 Thai Lan with U16 Indonesia on February 28 in Zoro – Indonesia.
At the national team level, Thailand was also rejected by the Panama opponent for a friendly match, FAT then had to work hard to find a new team to replace the Congo.
World Cup 2022 Qualification: Vietnam travel to Malaysia may be canceled
Not only Thailand in World Cup 2022 affected by the virus Covid-19, other Southeast Asian nations such as Vietnam and Malaysia also dragged into trouble with the Covid-19 Epidemic. In the 6th match of Group G of the World Cup 2022 qualifying round, the Vietnamese team will have a trip to Malaysia’s field – the opponent is ranked right behind Mr. Park Hang-seo and his teachers with 9 points.
This match will take place on March 31, before the match took place on March 26, then Vietnam Tel is a team to rest, two pairs of matches take place on this day, including Thailand vs Indonesia and UAE vs Malaysia.
However, in the latest announcement from the Asian Football Federation representatives, the next matches of the World Cup 2022 Qualifiers may be delayed due to the effects of the Covid-19 epidemic.
Covid-19 is the cause of a series of Asian leagues in particular and the world as the World Cup 2022 Quantifiers, in general, being postponed, even some countries have limited import and export citizenship.