The LionsXII and Singapore centreback believes the Thai Premier League is one of the best in the region and is steadily improving, and also singles out the J-League as Asia's best
Singapore international Baihakki Khaizan saw his proposed move to the Thai Premier League with Bangkok Glass hit a snag earlier in the season but in an exclusive interview with Goal, the Malaysian Super League winner with the LionsXII says he still holds out hope of plying his trade in Thailand.
“The Thai Premier League is considered as one of the top leagues in Asean and I think that it is progressing smoothly [and they are] investing in good quality foreigners to bring up the level of their game," he observed.
“The infrastructure of the league is run professionally and of course I would love to play in the Thai league one day.”
Despite clinching his third AFF Championship title last year after the Lions saw off Thailand in the final, the former Courts Young Lions graduate feels that the War Elephants are still the team to beat in the region.
“I think Thailand is the best team in Asean," Baihakki said.
“They keep producing quality individuals almost every year and every team who plays Thailand wants to beat them.
“Only by beating Thailand [then can it] make (help) you achieve your goals.”
Baihakki also feels that the region should follow in the footsteps of Japan, who have done wonders with their domestic league since it was set up in May 15, 1993.
“I will choose the J-League,” said Baihakki when asked to name the most professional league in Asia.
“It’s proven to the world with top-class facilities, stadiums and pitches, and their players’ technique is superior.”
“So I think it is the best place to play in."