Thais get 1 million Baht incentive to beat Singapore

The President of the Thai Football Association has offered a huge win bonus to the team if they managed to overcome Aide Iskandar's boys to reach the final

Singapore take on SEA Games powerhouse Thailand on Thursday night in the semi-final with an eye on their first ever Gold medal.

But the Young Lions will not only be up against a strong Thai side who topped their group with crushing wins over their rivals, but one who have been given an added incentive to beat their opponents.

Controversial Football Association of Thailand (FAT) president Worawi Makudi who reached Naypidaw, Myanmar in time to witness the semi-final fixture has dangled a 1 million Baht (USD30,800) carrot if the War Elephants emerge victors.

"I came here to cheer them up by myself, this match Is a crucial one as winning it can bring us to the final," Worawi told reporters.

"Singapore is surely a tough opponent. They're in the same group with Vietnam, Malaysia and still managed to be the first team to reach semis.

"To keep them (Thailand) motivated, on behalf of FAT, I'll prepare a 1 million Baht bonus for them if they beat Singapore and get us closer to the gold medal."

Thailand were the reigning SEA Games champions from 1993 to 2007, before being unseated by Malaysia at the 2009 games. The Harimua Muda were also champions in 2011.