BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
Ahead of the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, Thailand U22 players have been barred from using the social media, reported Bangkok Post on Tuesday.
The defending champions team manager Watanya Wongopasi told the publication that the directive was given in order to allow the players to give their full attention on their preparations, although she will not be taking away their smartphones.
"We want our players to stay focused during our preparations for the SEA Games so they are not allowed to use social media at the training camp.
"We only have five days to train [before flying to Malaysia] so we want the players to train hard without any distractions. We are only seeking the players' cooperation and will not seize their mobile phones," Watanya was reported as saying.
Thailand have been drawn in Group B alongside Indonesia, Timor Leste, Cambodia, the Philippines and Vietnam. They will kick off their gold medal defence, against Indonesia on August 15 at the Shah Alam Stadium.
Head coach Worrawoot Srimakha had earlier called up 27 players to the War Elephants' preliminary training camp. According to Football Tribe Asia, they are:
Goalkeepers : Anusith Termmee (Bangkok United), Jirunpong Thammasiha (Chonburi), Muangngam (Chiangrai United)
Defenders : Suriya Singmui (Chiangrai United), Worawut Namvech (Sisaket), Yossawat Montha (Port FC), Supravee Miprathang (Pattaya United), Santipharp Channgom (Air Force Central), Shinnaphat Lee-Oh (Chiangrai United), Saringkarn Promsupa (Rayong), Kevin Deeromram (Ratchaburi Mitr Phol), Ratthanakorn Maikami (Buriram United), Peerawat Akkatham (Buriram United)
Midfielders : Phitiwat Sukjitthammakul (Chiangrai United), Thanasit Siriphala (Suphanburi), Montree Promsawat (Ratchaburi Mitr Phol), Chaiyawat Buran (Chiangrai United), Picha U-Tra (Pattaya United), Sasalak Haiprakhon (Buriram United), Panudech Maiwong (Chonburi), Nattawut Sombatyotha (Ratchaburi Mitr Phol), Chaowat Veerachat (Bangkok Glass), Nopphon Ponkam (Air Force Central), Worachit Kanitsribampen (Chonburi), Supachok Sarachat (Buriram United)
Forwards : Chenrop Samphaodi (BEC Tero Sasana), Sittichok Kannoo (Thai Honda Ladkrabang)