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Rajevac picks 5 forwards for Asian Cup

Dec 27. 2018
Chanathip Songkrasin, right, during a warm-up game with Thai Honda FC on Wednesday.
Chanathip Songkrasin, right, during a warm-up game with Thai Honda FC on Wednesday.
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By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
The Nation

Thailand coach Milovan Rajevac has revealed his 23-man squad for next week’s Asian Cup and included five strikers, with both the experienced Teerasil Dangda and rising star Supachai Jaided making the final cut.

The only surprise is a recall for PT Prachuab striker Siroch Chatthong, who was not even recruited for the recently concluded AFF Suzuki Cup after a poor return of three goals in 24 national appearances stretching back to 2016. 

The three musketeers – Teerasil, Theerathon Bunmathan and 2018 Thai FA Player of the Year winner Chanathip Songkrasin – have all been selected for the tournament which takes place in the United Arab Emirates from January 5 to February 1.

The Thai challenge will be spearheaded by 30-year-old Teerasil, who has scored an impressive 42 goals in 95 Thailand games. 

Supachai, 20, who has three goals from just eight caps, will vie for a start with his idol Teerasil plus three other strikers –Adisak Kraisorn, Chananan Pombuppha and Siroch.

Among those to miss out are Peerapat Notchaiya, Shinnaphat Leeaoh and Supachok Sarachat, while O-Leuven goalkeeper Kawin Thamsatchanan withdrew on Wednesday with a foot injury.

It’ll be Thailand’s first appearance in the Asian Cup finals in 12 years; the War Elephants will have their last warm-up game against Oman on January 5 before launching their Cup campaign against India on January 6 at the Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi (8.30pm Thailand time).

Their second game follows four days later against Bahrain at the Al-Maktoum Stadium in Dubai (6pm) and the final group game with the UAE on January 14 (11pm). 

The 23-man Thailand squad is:

Goalkeepers: Siwarak Tedsungnoen, Chatchai Budprom, Saranon Anuin

Defenders: Korrakot Wiriyaudomsiri, Pansa Hemviboon, Chalermpong Kerdkaew, Tristan Do, Mika Chunuonsee, Adisorn Promrak, Theerathon Bunmathan and Suphan Thongsong

Midfielders: Sasalak Haiprakhon, Pokklaw Anan, Sumanya Purisai, Sanrawat Dechmitr, Tanaboon Kesarat, Thitipan Puangchan, Chanathip Songkrasin

Forwards: Supachai Jaided, Teerasil Dangda, Adisak Kraisorn, Chananan Pombuppha and Siroch Chatthong


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