As the AFC Asian Cup approaches, the Thai national football team, led by Coach Masatada Ishii, embarked on its first training session in Doha on Friday night (Jan 12). The one-and-a-half-hour training session marked the beginning of their preparations for the challenging tournament.
Coach Ishii, reflecting on the training session, hinted at having a preliminary starting lineup for the team’s first game. However, he remained open to adjustments based on various factors. The team’s primary focus, at this stage, is acclimatizing to the weather conditions and fine-tuning their tactical approach for the upcoming tournament.
Thailand is placed in a formidable group alongside Saudi Arabia, Kyrgyzstan, and Oman. The team is set to face Oman on January 21, followed by a clash with former champions Saudi Arabia on January 25. With six groups of four teams each, the top two from each group and the four best third-placed teams will advance to the last 16. The highly anticipated final is scheduled to take place at the Lusail Stadium on February 10.
Football enthusiasts in Thailand can catch the live broadcast of the match between Thailand and Kyrgyzstan on PPTV HD (36) and T Sport (7) at 9:30 pm (Thai time) on Tuesday. As the team gears up for this prestigious tournament, the eyes of Thai football fans are set on their journey in the AFC Asian Cup.