Tomorrow see's the Youth Team take to the pitch in Saudi Arabia against Australia int eh AFC Youth Championship.
Thailand have won this tournement twice before, both times as hosts in 1962 an 69. There last decent championship was in 1994 when they came 3rd in Indonesia.
So, how will we do this time around?
I think picking up a point would be great. We haven't prepared will, the flight to the Kingdom took 23 hours, it takes me about 6 to do that journey, so quite where they have been is another matter!
Australia come up first, they will probably be one of the favorites. Personally, i see them doing well, but i see them faltering somewhere, just like in the recent Under 16 event.
We also have Uzbekistan and Jordan to contend with, both nations will more than likely have the upper hand on us and i feel Jordan is the best opportunity of picking up points, but then they probably feel the same way about us.
Our aim, like every nation, is to get to the semi's, where we will qualify for the World Cup in Egypt. But generally, i want to see some positive results, a defeat doesn't mind, but a defeat by more than 4 goals hurts. So let them fly the flag for South East Asia and brign us something to smile about.
Peter Reid also see's his full national side go up against Vietnam, who haven't won in something like 8 games. A victory or a draw would bring home the T&T Cup, but its a performance that we are after really, and the start of seing a team start to gel together.
In reality it would be a chance to see some of the new lads getting a chance, formations changed and generally a decent run out for everyone involved, but i suspect Reid will want to play to win at all costs, after all, he's not got a bad record as Thai manager so far! No losses, no goals conceded!!
At this point, i would like to remind FAT, that when Reid took the job, they stated he would be in charge of the youngsters for the AFC Youth Championship, well, can he be in two places at once?? More BULL from FAT, and i'll personally run my missus for President next year.
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