Worawi backs Chanvit to stay in charge (July 18, 2007)


Chanvit Phalajivin will remain as Thailand coach, Football Association of Thailand (FAT) president Worawi Makudi said yesterday. Chanvit said after Thailand's elimination from the Asian Cup following their 4-0 defeat against Australia on Monday that it was up to FAT bosses whether they wanted him to continue in his position as Thailand coach.

Worawi said Thailand did a good job in the tournament in which Thailand also drew 1-1 with Iraq and beat Oman 2-0 in Group A so the FAT would allow Chanvit and team manager Kittirat Na Ranong to be in charge for the SEA Games, the King's Cup and the World Cup qualifying round.

Chanvit remains upbeat about Thailand's future saying the national side have proved that they can challenge teams like Australia.

''Before the tournament, many people thought we would finish last in the group but we proved our critics wrong,'' he said.

''I'm very very proud of my players. They did their job well.

''But I'm disappointed about the Australia scoreline because 4-0 makes it look like we couldn't compete with them.''

Thailand outplayed the Socceroos for long periods in the second half but failed to convert their chances into goals.

The coach said his team's skill and fitness surprised their opponents, but his misfiring front line needed urgent attention.

''Without goals, we cannot win,'' said Chanvit.

''Our strikers are talented, skilful, but they are nervous in front of goal and can't keep their cool when it counts.'

Chanvit said the team had potential to move to another level but budget could be a big problem. He urged the government to help fund the national side.

''We need money to take on the powerhouses in Asia, build a proper league and prove ourselves. I believe we will climb higher and qualifying for the World Cup is something we are capable of one day,'' he said.