Thailand started their mind games over Malaysia, as they are confident to score an away goal at Bukit Jalil.
Winfried Schaefer, the Thailand coach believes that it will not be an easy game and have told his players to try to score in Kuala Lumpur.
“The next two games will be very important and we must get through them. The team spirit is good. It has been good since I came here (last year),” said the german coach to the Bangkokpost.com.
The second leg of this semi final will be held at Supachalasai stadium next Thursday and Singapore or Philippines awaits the winner.
Thailand captain, Panupong Wongsa and Striker Teerasil Dangda also showing their confidence for the match against Malaysia
According to their captain, the whole team is looking forward to the match. He believes the experience that the team has will give the edge in this semi final.
He also said, “Many people have warned us to get prepared for biased officiating but we are not afraid of anything.”
Teerasil, who has three goals under his belt in the tournament so far said, “I want to win the title as the New Year present for Thais.”
Thailand football team yesterday signed a well-wishers’ book for His Majesty King at Siriraj Hospital.
The 62-year-old German coach said he feel very honoured to go there and pay his respect to the King. “I would like to thank our team manager (Tanusak Lek-uthai) for bringing us here.”
He still remembered the King and Queen’s visit to his home country when he was about 10 years old.
In Hanoi, Phan Thanh Hung, Vietnam football coach has stepped down after a hugely disappointing performance at the Suzuki Cup.
He takes full responsibility of their poor display and resigned as a coach on Wednesday.
The team only managed to gain a point in their group from a draw with Myanmar after defeats against Thailand and Philippines.
Hung is the first local coach for Vietnam since 1993. He took over the job from German Falko Goetz in march, who was fired in January for the team’s poor results at last year’s SEA Games in Indonesia.