Therdsak still optimistic (April 19, 2007)



TOR CHITTINAND

Veteran Thailand midfielder, Therdsak Chaiman has reiterated his hope of being part of Chanvit Phalajivin's squad as Thailand co-host the AFC Asian Cup in July. The 33-year-old has refuted speculation that he has called time on his international career and is hoping to be involved in the tournament when the Thais face off against Australia, Iraq and Oman.

''I still really want to play in the Asian Cup and I'll be very happy if I am called up,'' Therdsak said of his hope to be included in the squad. ''It will be very special because it is in Thailand.''

The Singapore-based midfield maestro, who was player of the tournament as Thailand won the 2002 Tiger Cup and when former club BEC Tero Sasana finished runners-up in the inaugural AFC Champions League in 2003, has been conspicuously absent from the national team in recent Asean Football Championship tournament in February.

''I hadn't retired and I wasn't injured before the Asean Football Championship,'' he said. '' I didn't play because the S-League finished quite late in the year and I told the coach that I just needed the rest.

''I'll play for as long as I can, I play in midfield and I take care of myself so I still think I can play on for another two or three years.''