Thai footballers arrive home after winning 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup


BANGKOK, Dec 22 —  Thailand’s national football team arrived home Sunday afternoon from Malaysia after winning the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup amid a rousing welcome by enthusiastic fans greeting them at the airport.

Fans, many wearing jerseys similar to the Thai team’s uniform, were excited seeing their heroes at Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport.

Motorcades carried the players from the airport to the city decked out with the tournament colours. Photos of the football players were in abundance as the joyful fans airport waited to escort the team to the city.

Many fans painted their faces with the blue, read and white colours of the Thai national flag and were ready for pictures with their heroes.

Led by Thailand coach Kiattisak Senamuang and manager Kasem Jariyawatwong, fans were excited to see their hero players in the tournament, especially Chanathip Songkrasin, who was named outstanding player in Saturday’s match in Kuala Lumpur and Charyl Chappuis,the Swiss-Thai footballer currently playing for Suphanburi in the Thai Premier League.

The players later went by car to Suphachalasai National Stadium in the heart of Bangkok.

The Thai team won the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup on Saturday and gained its fourth title at the biennial tournament, equaling Singapore’s record.

Thai team lost 2-3 at Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur but they did still enough to win the gold trophy 4-3 in aggregate after a 2-0 victory in Bangkok on Wednesday.