Chanvit considers quarter-final options ahead of Aussie tie (July 14, 2007)


Thailand coach Chanvit Phalajivin aims to finish at the top of Group A as he wishes to avoid Japan in the knockout phase if Thailand qualify.

Thailand are tied top of the group with Iraq with four points.

''The situation right now is good for our team,'' said Chanvit.

''We play Australia next and we have to beat them to get home advantage for the quarter finals.

''We have to finish at the top of our group.''

The team trained at the SAT ground yesterday and practised defending against high balls, which is considered one of their weak points.

Nirut Surasiang is struggling with his right knee but Jetsada Jitsawad and Teerasil Dangda could be back to face the Socceroos.

Chanvit said he was looking forward to playing Australia on Monday.

''The team is very good and players are confident,'' he said.

''It will be tough match because they are a world-class team.''

Thai midfielder Datsakorn Thonglao is getting married tomorrow morning and may miss the game.

If so, Pichitpong Cheuichiew, Hattaporn Suwan and Suchao Nutnum could step in to replace him.

FAT president Worawi Makudi said he had high hopes for the national side.

''We have to play our best and if we do we may even have a chance in beating the Socceroos,'' he said.

Thailand's match with Australia kicks off at 7.35pm at Rajamangala stadium.


1. Iraq 2 1 1 0 4 2 4
2. Thailand 2 1 1 0 3 1 4
3. Australia 2 0 1 1 2 4 1
4. Oman 2 0 1 1 1 3 1