By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
Sirima Panichcheewa and new coach Naruepol Kaenson were appointed by the Football Association of Thailand on Wednesday following the unexpected resignations of team manager Nualphan Lamsam and coach Nuengrutai Srathongvian a few weeks ago after Thailand crashed out of the World Cup group stage in France.
“I’m honoured to be named the director of Thailand’s women’s football team,” said Sirima. “I’d like to thank Thai FA president Somyot Poompanmoung for his trust in me. I will put all efforts to carry on the work of the national women’s football team.”
Thailand will host the AFF Women’s Championship from August 15-27. The Kingdom has been drawn in group A with Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Timor Leste. Group B comprises Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia
The top two teams from the two groups will advance to the knock-out stage.
Thailand have won the tournament four times, in 2011, 2015, 2016 and 2018.
“We will get down to work immediately with priority being preparations for the AFF Women’s Championship. Our mission is to defend the title. I will train all my focus on making the team fully ready to achieve our goal,” Sirima said.
Thailand will kick off their campaign against Singapore on August 17 in Chon Buri.