Thai team set to play Malaysia


BANGKOK, Dec 19 —   Despite having two goals in the store, Thailand’a head coach Kiattisak Senamuang said Friday that his team is ready to take on Malaysia in the second leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup final Saturday night in Malaysia.

In a joint press conference held at a Kuala Lumpur hotel with Malaysian head coach Dollah Salleh, Mr Kiattisak said the Thai football players would wear red jerseys for the first time playing against Malaysia at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

The match will start at 7pm tomorrow.

In the first-leg match held at Bangkok’s Rajamangala National Stadium on Wednesday, Thailand defeated Malaysia 2-0.

The Thai players will continue playing in an offensive style, said Mr Kiattisak, adding that his players would not, however, play recklessly.

Meanwhile, Mr Salleh told the press conference that it would be difficult for Malaysia to clinch the title because its score is two goals behind but Malaysian players would “play more than 200 per cent” and try to prevent the Thai team from gaining the championship in his homeland.

The Malaysian players will wear blue jerseys in the match, and the referee will be an Iranian while Thailand will wear red jerseys.

Thailand last won the crown in 2002 and is chasing its fourth title at the biennial tournament to match Singapore’s record. Malaysia won the crown once in 2010.