By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
The two dozens of youngsters made the final cut at the Dhupatemiya Stadium in Bangkok on Sunday. A total 99 children made it to Sunday’s selection after seven provincial selections between April and June which attracted over 6,000 children nationwide.
Chosen by former national striker Piyapong Pue-on and his well-trained coaching team, the 24 players will have training sessions at the Ekkono Method Soccer Service, the Football Association of Thailand’s Academy.
“The quality of the chosen children is better this year. They have shown good football basics which should make it easier for them to develop further skills with us,” said Piyapong who is in charge of the Toyota Junior football project.
The squad will then have an intensive training with Piyapong ahead of representing Thailand at the Toyota International Junior Cup in Japan later this year.
“There are just a few aspects we have to work with them in the training before the trip to Japan. Our goal is always the same which is to defend the title,” Piyapong added.
Thai youngsters have won the Toyota International Junior Cup , normally staged in the Japanese city of Toyota for the last three years.